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Reston's public art

Reston's public art

The mosaic at the Glade underpass in Reston (photo courtesy of Reston Association).

If you're new to Reston, you've probably noticed that there are sculptures and murals everywhere you go. That's no mistake. Reston founder Robert Simon was (and still is) a proponent of public art, mentioning it several time in his guiding principals for Reston. As a result, public art thrives in this community.

Why is public art such a key feature of Reston?

Because it embodies what Reston in general is all about--it creates a reason for people to communicate and engage with each other.

Watch this short documentary about Reston's public art for a wonderful overview of the many public artworks you can find in Reston. The Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) produced it and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi directed it.

After you watch the video, I have a challenge for you... and this is the perfect time of year for it. This weekend, take a stroll around Lake Anne, through Reston Town Center, or by Lake Thoreau and see how many pieces of public art you can find. From the Fountain at Lake Anne to murals in the underpasses, art is everywhere in Reston, and we love it! I think you'll love it too.


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