Reston’s Public Art History On Display At Dulles

IPAR display at Dulles/Credit: IPARPassengers and visitors to Dulles International Airport are getting a little taste of Reston in the baggage claim area.

That’s because Reston Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) has an exhibit between Carousels 9 and 10 that chronicles Reston’s rich public art history. The IPAR information will be in place until May 31.

Comprised of panels organized by geographic locations, the exhibit traces the internationally known planned community’s rich public art history and its continued dedication after 50 years to the arts. It also showcases Reston’s still-growing inventory of close to 50 existing and temporary public art works.

Airport spokeswoman Margaret Bishop says this is the first time Dulles has welcomed this type of freestanding exhibit. Anne Delaney, IPAR’s executive director, says a spot at the airport is a great chance to promote Reston.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Reston’s public art and Reston as a cultural destination to visitors who may have heard of the community but have not yet had the chance to visit it,” she says.Award-winning exhibition designer Jeanne Krohn and urban planner and former National Building Museum curator Mary Konsoulis created the overall design and content of the IPAR exhibition. Sean Bahrami, media manager at Reston Association, took the photos used as the exhibit’s backdrop.

IPAR display at Dulles/Credit: IPARThe idea to install “Reston: The Art of Community” temporarily at Dulles grew out of a conversation between Bishop and Delaney. Delaney drew her attention to the art of place making and how public art reflects a community, Bishop said, noting “we loved the name ‘The Art of Community’ and how it captured what Reston is about and what we’re about.”

The original exhibition was a collaboration between IPAR, whose mission “seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and [to] create a new generation of artworks in Reston,” and the Reston Historic Trust, which operates the Reston Museum.

In addition to the panels, the IPAR exhibition features a video shown on monitors above the baggage belts. The video is a three-minute clip of a longer documentary, “Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art,” made by Peabody-Award winning filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, a Reston resident. The video clip’s music, “The Reston Story,” was composed by Brian Scarbrough, also a Reston resident.

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