ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Crystal City Takes Flight Statues 1-10

Updated on April 14, 2008

Crystal City Takes Flight

Chicago had its cows, Tucson had its horses, and Washington, D.C. had its donkies and elephants. Those are just the first three cities that come to my mind when I think of cities that have in the past done series of statues that were placed all over the city. It is something many cities have done over the years. In April 2008, Crystal City placed its own set of statues around the "city." For Crystal City the choice was planes.

Crystal City is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. It is right across the Potomac River from D.C. and is right before you get to Washington Reagan National Airport. It is the proximity to the airport that is the main reason this set of statues that have just landed in Crystal City are in the shape of planes. All the statues started out with one of two identical plane designs, but 50 different artists or artistic groups transformed the statues into distinct plane statues. The two starting styles are bi-plane and jet.

The statues will remain on display through July 2008. Go here for a downloadable walking map of the statue locations.

1. Barnstorming

The Barnstorming statue is numbered 1 and starts the 4.5 mile route to leads to all the statues in Crystal City. It is located at 18th Street and South Bell Street right in front of the escalator entrance to the Crystal City Metro Station. The artist for this statue is Matt Wuerker. The sponsore is Politico.

This is a fun plane statue with an Uncle Sam looking pilot added to it. It red and white stripes on the body of the plane. The tail has a star and the work Politico (the sponsor for this particular statue).

2. Blue Sky Star

The Blue Sky Star statue is located at the corner of 18th Street and South Eads Street. The artist is Li Qiang and the sponsor is Arena Stage.

This statue is jet plane style. It is painted sky blue with stars on it. Most of the stars are silver, but near the back it is painted with silver outlining some blue stars.

3. Plane Jane

The Plane Jane statue is located near the corner of 20th Street and South Eads Street. The artist is Matt Rowan and the sponsor is Gensler.

At first I thought this was a very boring all black jet plane. Well, then I saw the title of it and realized it is supposed to be plain. It is not entirely plain, though, as when you get close to it you will notice it does some white outlines.

4. City Bound

The City Bound statue is located outside the 1700 South Eads Street entrance to the Marriot Crystal Gateway. The artist is Shauna Lee Lange and the sponsor is BIN 1700 and Crystal Gateway Marriot.

This is bi-plane statue with different city decals. The decals all over it represent different travel destinations and/or airlines.

5. Safe Landing

Safe Landing is located in the median of the intersection of 15th Street and South Eads Street. The artist is Brenda Sylvia and the sponsor is Oakwood Crystal City.

This jet plane has a tree designed painted on it. In the trees there are different birds painted sitting on it. On the base there are some ducks sculptures added

6. From Earth to Space

From Earth to Space is located on 15th Street near the Jefferson Davis Highway Offramp. The artist is Sandra Bacon and the sponsor is The Gramercy at Metropolitan Park.

This colorfully painted jet scultpure has an outer space feel to it. The base appears to represent the core and crust of the Earth. The top of the Jet has planets painted on it.

7. Mini Flies Caribou

Mini Flies Caribou is located at 1100 South Eads Street. The artist is Latoya Williams and the sponsor is Caribou Coffee.

This jet statue has fruits painted all over it. The wings have grapes. The base has strawberries. The stand has pineapples. The tail has oranges. The body is a banana and the cockpit is a watermelon. There are also apples and cherries on it.

8. Grasshopper

Grasshopper is located in front of the Doubletree Hotel at 300 Army Navy Drive. The artist is Martha Phillips and the sponsor is the Doubletree Hotel - Crystal City.

This colorful and cheerful bi-plane represents a grasshopper. The base has sunflowers painted on it. The front of the plane is a happy face. The body of the paln has grasshopper legs to show that it is a grasshopper.

9. Breaking the Color Barrier

Breaking the Color Barrier is located on the corner of 12th Street and Army Navy Drive. The artist is Alexander Lange and the sponsor is the Marine Corps Marathon.

This jet plane statue has photos of people of different races (i.e. colors) on it.

10. Freedom's Flight

Freedom's Flight is located on the corner of 12th Street and South Clark Street. The artist is Shauna Lee Lange and the sponsor is Boeing Company.

This jet plane has red stars and is a swirl of red, yellow, blue, and white. On one wing is also has a lot of small stars the sparkle in the sunlight.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • kjscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Yes, I have seen all 50 of them, but never got the time to finish the set of hubs past 30. This particular hub is only for the first ten and those are in the 40s.

    • profile image

      Karen S. 

      10 years ago

      There are additional statues on Route 1, which are not displayed here. I've only seen one or two of these; will make a point of finding the rest.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)