Art in Transit: Rosslyn

Above fare vending machines.

Scenes of Rosslyn, 2000
Y. David Chung
Cement panels and KEIM mineral paints
88' l x 4' h

Rosslyn
Scenes of Rosslyn - 2000The painted mural contains bold, brightly colored stylized images of local architecture. The mural uses Rosslyn's dynamic skyline to create a colorful and inviting gateway to the Rosslyn community. The mural's size and siting, which do not allow it to be comprehended in one glance, make it appear like an abstract pattern of colors and forms. Upon closer inspection, familiar elements of Rosslyn's urban landscape emerge and morph into one another, in a serial effect that relates to film, graphic novels, and comic strips: Key Bridge, the curved form of one of Rosslyn's twin towers, a flowering Dogwood (Virginia's state tree), the Arlington Temple United Methodist Church building, which houses both a church and a gas station, and even another of Rosslyn's public artworks. The work's dynamic lines connote the experience and perspective of a person moving through the streets.

This project was made possible with funding from Arlington County, the Federal Transit Administration's Livable Communities Initiative, WMATA, and Rosslyn Renaissance.

Born in Bonn, Germany, and educated in the United States, Y. David Chung is a visual artist and filmmaker known for his films, multi-media installations, drawings, prints, and public artworks. He began his career as an animator and filmmaker-experiences that ultimately led to installations combining new digital imaging technologies with traditional drawing and printmaking. He has been commissioned to design permanent artwork for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority and the New York City Public Art Program.