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Public Art in Progress at Reston Town Square Park

by Karen Goff April 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 5 Comments

Work began over the weekend in Reston on a large-scale public art project by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty, who is well known for his works that use natural materials, will spend three weeks building the structure out of saplings. It will be unveiled to the public on April 25 and will remain in the park for over a year (since his sculptures are made from natural materials, they do not last indefinitely, said officials with the Initiative for Public Art Reston.

The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) announced in December that it received a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Art Works grant to support the project.

Willowsford, a Loudoun County housing community, has also given a large grant to the project. Many of the saplings used in the project were also harvested at Willowsford.

Volunteers are helping Dougherty prepare materials and build the art work.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Wow. So we’re putting up a monument to dead trees? I guess this stands as fair warning to all of these insolent trees in the soon-to-be redeveloped RTC West.

  • LiliKang

    I emailed Anne Delaney, the executive director and this is her response:

    “Thanks for sharing your thoughts concerning plants used for Patrick Dougherty’s installation. The sapling that will be used for the project is harvested from sites where property owners wish to dispose of the saplings to clear their site. We looked into the eight prohibited plants in Reston but they are not flexible enough to use for the project. IPAR, in collaboration with the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), is extremely grateful to the property owners who allow us to recycle their sapling for this project.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us.


    Anne Delaney
    Executive Director
    Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR)”

    ~I don’t like to be cranky, but come on, this is clearly an attempt by developers to try and sugarcoat the fact that they are clear cutting everything out there in Loudon County in the name of progress. Willowsford probably has not one single tree left, let alone any Willows. And we are supposed to be grateful for that. No. Not one bit.

    • Greg

      Sapling? Just one?

  • Brenda Louis

    I’m glad I live in a community where public art is valued. I get that this piece may not be to everyone’s liking, but so-what! Its forces people to see their surroundings in a new way. It’s good for us and good for Reston. Thank you Anne Delaney!

  • Sidewinder

    I’m going to reserve judgement and comment until we see what the finished project looks like.


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