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Can't Make It To The Beach? The Beach Is Coming To You, Ballston

Patch logo Patch 6 days ago Michael O'Connell
Artist Robin Bell is presenting an artistic light show called Ballston Beach Projection over Memorial Day Weekend in Ballston. © Shutterstock Artist Robin Bell is presenting an artistic light show called Ballston Beach Projection over Memorial Day Weekend in Ballston.

ARLINGTON, VA — While sandy beaches and a cool ocean breeze may be many miles away, Ballston residents stuck at home this Memorial Day weekend will have the beach coming to them.

Arlington Arts, in partnership with BallstonGives, the charitable subsidiary of the Ballston Business Improvement District, are hosting the Ballston Beach Projection, an artistic light show created by D.C.-based artist Robin Bell of BellVisuals. The art show will be presented over Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, from 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

“Given the recent news that our stay-at-home order will be extended through the end of May, we wanted to provide a fun ‘escape’ for Arlington residents,” said Tina Leone, CEO, Ballston BID, in a release. “Since travel is discouraged, we thought we would bring the beach to Ballston and what better way to do that than to incorporate local art and support our Ballston businesses in the process."

The public art installation, which will include audio designed to bring the sounds of the beach to the city, will be displayed on Wilson Boulevard near Ballston Quarter and Ballston Exchange. Businesses in Ballston that will be open for pick-up and delivery can be found on Ballston BID’s website. The event will also be live-streamed on the Ballston BID's social media channels.

"We welcome all to enjoy the beach ambiance while walking around Ballston and practicing safe social distancing," Leone said. "We’d love for folks to make a fun evening out of it and pick up drinks and dinner at one of our many amazing restaurants. If you can’t make it to Ballston, we will be live-streaming the relaxing coastal images and sounds through our Facebook and Instagram pages.”

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to make a donation to The Nature Conservancy to support and protect the natural world.

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