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Funds Sought for New Steel Sculpture in Reston Town Center

by RestonNow.com July 3, 2018 at 10:15 am 20 Comments

The Greater Reston Arts Center is seeking funds to help finance a new 50-foot steel sculpture in Reston Town Center.

The sculpture by artist Sue Wrbican is inspired by the work of Kay Sage, an American surrealist who was known for her paintings of scaffolded structure and furled fabric in barren landscapes.

Wrbican’s work was previously featured by GRACE last fall. Installation and an opening ceremony are expected in August. Donations can be made online.

Less than half of the required funds needed to make the project possible have been raised from Reston Town Center Association, Reston Community Center, ArtsFairfax and Public Art Reston.

Photos via Greater Reston Arts Center

  • Mike M

    Smh

  • Guest

    I’d rather see the money spent on something useful, like road improvements, schools, parks. You get the idea.

  • 30yearsinreston

    It will fit in with the other high rise monstrosities around the business center
    It should be named after Hudgins

  • Sign Here ____

    Verizon or AT&T are salivating to sink their funds into this joint venture. Anyone not happy with this can dish it out with their customer service department, everyone wins.

  • Tom Wyland

    I’m all for public art, but it’s being placed in RTC, which is not public property. It’s not public space, it’s private property.

    • wasINWDC

      Agreed – how about the funding from Boston Properties, Google, Rolls Royce, Leidos et al?

      • 30yearsinreston

        If there are enough suckers in reston wiling to contribute, they dont have to pay a nickel

        • wasINWDC

          Of course, but in reality the companies should be pitching in for stuff like this … especially if it’s on private property.

    • John Higgins

      Tom, it might ease the pain to accept that the term “public art” is not well defined. It generally refers to pieces that are easily enjoyed by the public at large (compared with items in private collections.) Most “public art” in this area (and presumably nationwide) are on private property. That said, it is at least curious, if not questionable, that government funds (via RCC contributions) support these private works.

  • 30yearsinreston

    soliciting funds for “art” on private property?
    What a nerve
    if they want it, BPX should pay for it

    Here is my pledge: $0

  • Greg

    It might be helpful to value this art solicitation.

    Are GRACE less than 1/2 way to ten, ten thousand, or ten million dollars?

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Normally I’d be all for raising money for this – public art is a great thing! – but as others have pointed out, it’s going to be placed at RTC. BP has been so hostile to the community about community use of RTC that BP should be the ones to pay for it. Sorry, GRACE.

  • Why do you bother?

    They want ME/US to pay for an art installation in the most reviled development in Reston?

    How about NO.

  • Norm

    Maybe RTC should use the parking money.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Its already been spent on consultants who designed the fiasco

  • The Orginal Drive By Critic

    It looks like a mutant cell phone transmission tower —probably sending secret radio signals to the Big Yellow Triffids still wandering RTC. I wonder what the actual scrap value of the metal is worth? We can always sell it as scrap metal to the Chinese if necessary…It would be cheaper just to get Verizon to build a cell tower at that location?

    • 30yearsinreston

      BPX can charge rent for it
      Win win all round

  • tattler

    So this skyscraper-like artwork is going to be placed on a small, unused piece of property at the RTC? I cannot think of ANYTHING that better captures the spirit of Reston BoD or Boston Properties more than this!

  • Guest

    How about using some of the money collected from parking?

  • Stormy_Fireriver

    Reston has turned into a craphole. I can’t wait until I can get out of this dump. High rises, concrete every where, too many people, too many cars not mention the mosquitoes. I’m moving to Utah or Colorado or something.

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