For Fourth Year, SLHS STEAM Team Has Public Art Display on Lake Thoreau

by Brooke Giles July 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm 4 Comments

For the fourth year in a row, South Lakes High School’s STEAM Team Art Club has designed an art display for Lake Thoreau.

The STEAM Team (science, technology, engineering, art and math) was challenged with creating a kinetic work of art that included natural elements and enriched their community. They came up with “Althea,” which they say represents all aspects of human rights.

The sculpture is made up of rings that rotate randomly, like the “constantly evolving nature and complexity of human rights.” There are concentric circles to depict orbital paths of the planets in the solar system. This is supposed to “reinforce how deeply connected humans are to each other.”

Students were involved in every step of the project with the help of art teacher Marco Rando. They presented three concepts to Public Art Reston and considered their input when they choose the design. The students then produced digital and physical three dimensional models, that were also presented to the board for approval. The Reston Association Design Review Board provided feedback on the final design.

The sculpture is made of galvanized metal, plywood, wire rope and spray paint. It is being displayed on the 19-square foot concrete spillway on Lake Thoreau, visible from South Lakes Drive.

The South Lakes students who worked on Althea were Samantha Busch, Carson Bush, Harrison Cahn, Jonathan Doctor, Isabella Emmons, Yanis Gribi, Christian King, Amirah Kirwan, MacKenzie Krider, Catherine Lashley, Darja Loidap, Phoebe Liu, Leah Moyer, Kimi Nacu, Lucy Nguyen, Saeed Louis Razavi, Morgan Ryan, Victoria Slaski, Jeremy Southern and Lily Vogel. Alumni Jefferson Frost, Margaret Lashley and Josh Rodriguez also assisted.

Previous projects have been “Pyramid of Light” (2014), “Nothing Twice” (2015) and “Simon” (2016).

  • Mike M

    I like this one.

  • Guest

    I think we have missed a real opportunity to do an homage to the Giant Yellow Triffids at the Town Center, but this is a fine effort nonetheless.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Can’t wait to see this in person! Congrats to all the students and facilitators who produce art with a Reston message every year. It’s fun to have a young tradition for SLHS students to carry on and fun for community to see what this year’s ideas will be. Bravo!!! Hopefully someday there will be a book with each years’ projects pictured. Viva Reston and her peeps!

  • NormVA

    Looks great !! We look forward to it every year.


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