Go to Arlington at 9:32 a.m.

Welcome to Rosslyn’s version of Stonehenge. Or maybe the ancient Peruvian Nazca Lines. The big boulders with a hole in them on Fort Meyer Drive a couple hundred yards from the Iwo Jima Memorial represent fallen extinguished stars.

Every Aug. 1 at 9:32 a.m., the spheres and poles create a shadow image on the ground. It’s called environmental art because it blends with the earth. Aug. 1, 1860 is when the land of what’s now Rosslyn was purchased by William Henry Ross. Environmental art first became popular in the 1960s and takes it cues from ancient ruins.

Once the site of a gas station, Dark Star Park is now a series of concrete spheres, asphalt, precast concrete tunnels, plantings, pools of water and steel poles.

The park was created in 1984. The artist is Nancy Holt.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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