Interactive Public Art Installation Lights Up Alexandria’s Waterfront in New Park Expansion March 15, 2019


Interactive Public Art Installation Lights Up Alexandria's Waterfront in New Park Expansion at King Street



Alexandria, VA—Art lovers and Instagrammers have a new reason to head to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. Mirror Mirror, a sound-responsive interactive public art installation, will be unveiled at the end of March as the new expansion of Waterfront Park opens at the foot of King Street. Mirror Mirror is a site-specific temporary installation by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos. The artwork, which responds to sound with light, will be unveiled during a public reception on March 30, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be on display through November. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new expansion of Waterfront Park will take place earlier that day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Visitors are encouraged to walk, dance, play and sing inside and around the 25-foot diameter, eight-foot tall art installation and be bathed in rainbow-hued light. The artwork draws inspiration from the prismatic lens used at Alexandria’s historic Jones Point Lighthouse—the Fresnel lens, considered the most advanced lens technology of the 1800s. Two original Fresnel lenses can be viewed at Alexandria’s History Museum at The Lyceum.

Visitors can share their images of the artwork on social media by using the hashtag #mirrormirrorALX.  

As the weather warms and trees blossom, visitors are invited to enjoy the greatly expanded new park area at the foot of King Street, which seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The expanded Waterfront Park space features four distinct areas—an open plaza, a waterfront promenade, shade structures and a modular space that can adapt to different purposes throughout the year. The park, which is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park, is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events. Mirror Mirror is the first in an annual series of temporary public art installations in the park. 

To learn more about Mirror Mirror or the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts’ Site/See public art series, click here.

To learn more about the expanded Waterfront Park or the City of Alexandria’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here.  

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at

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