Public Art Rising at Hyatt Park

by Karen Goff June 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Now rising from the lawn at Hyatt Park in front of the Hyatt Regency Reston: three 18-foot curved pieces of steel in a new permanent art installation from the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR).

The public art project has been in the works for several years. Baltimore artist Mary Ann Mears was chosen in 2011 as the winner of an open call for artists. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Hyatt Park spot in June 2013.

Mears has been working on the aluminum structure for nearly three years. She said she tried to keep Reston’s relationship with nature in mind when designing the work.

“There is a challenge with the asthetic and feeling of Reston Town Center,” Mears said when the project was presented to IPAR supporters in 2011. “It seemed to me, to put a piece of sculpture there, it should have a dialogue with the architecture. You want to create a sense of anticipation of [walking into the Town Center]”

  • Dexter Scott

    She, uh, seems to specialize in yellow curvy metal things…

  • Adrian Havill

    With so many great and accomplished artists here in Reston, it’s always puzzling that our “leaders” need to go to Baltimore and other states for projects like this.

  • Mike M

    Sorry, but I am wondering if only a real estate developer would see this as “art.” I have seen art. This ain’t art in my book. Anyone could do this. A child could do this.
    Maybe someone can explain to me why real estate developers always go for these big twisty metal things in open spaces? And does it speak to anyone about the space it occupies or surrounding it? It strikes me as self-indulgent and stuck in the anti-cultural mud of the 1970s.
    I remember a big red mess like this at the edge of Tysons by the Toll Road and Spring Hill. That was very, very similar. They got rid of it.


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