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Rising Star is a stainless steel star in the process of pushing itself out of the ground, almost as if being born. The sculpture is installed in Rosslyn, Virginia. The points of the star are oriented toward key United States landmarks such as Arlington Cemetery, the White House and the site of Rosslyn’s historical origins. The repeated pattern of perforations refer to the area’s colonial and 19th-century origins as a community along the river and its modern role supporting national defense and numerous federal agencies. Rising Star is meant to serve as a companion to Nancy Holt’s nearby Dark Star Park.




Rosslyn, Virginia


12’3” x 11’


laser cut stainless steel, LED lighting

Commissioning Agency: 

Gables Residential


Joe O'Connell

Rising Star

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