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Duck-Inspired Bike Racks Installed at the Lake House

by Fatimah Waseem October 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm 11 Comments

New bike racks were installed last week at the Lake House, bringing a whimsical home for bike storage to the area.

The installation, “Duck, Duck, Goose,” includes a display of ducks designed by Penny Hauffe. She created the installation in order to tie in with the surrounding area.

Hauffe, a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Leesburg, will be at an open house at the Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Avenue) on Saturday (Oct. 13) from 12:30-2 p.m. to discuss her work. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

Public Art Reston issued the following description about the installation, which is owned by RA. The project is supported by Friends of Reston, Reston Bicycle Club, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, RA and Public Art Reston.

Hauffe had three main priorities: a fully functional art work; one that ties in to its surroundings; and one that engages the public (bike riders and pedestrians alike), reaching out to them in a direct and visually pleasing way.The last point speaks to her overriding creative philosophy, to uplift and make positive connections between places, people and ideas. Duck, Duck, Goose emerged from these goals- a children’s game solidified into a parade of water birds found commonly in and around the lake. A practical and beautiful object, it aims to bring smiles to those enjoying the Lake House park area and its diverse recreational and natural offerings.

Other site-specific bike racks will be installed at two other spots in Reston over the next few months, Anne Delaney, Public Art Reston’s executive director, told Reston Now.

Photos via Public Art Reston

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Nice ducks, but are they tall enough to accomodate adult sized bikes? The grey duck might be, but the blue and green don’t look nearly tall enough.

  • Conservative Senior

    Wish they were flamingo inspired bike racks. How much did we pay for the ducks?

  • johnson

    :…engages the public (bike riders…” yes, all 3 bike riders…. I am betting that is a pretty costly “rack” to accommodate 3 bikes. With so few bikes expected, perhaps they could fix S. Lakes Dr?

    • 30yearsinreston

      b,bb,bbb,but it’s PUBLIC ART!

  • Ken Fredgren

    More than one bike can be locked to each duck.

  • Why do you bother?

    Because we haven’t thrown enough good money after bad, cute though they be…

  • 30yearsinreston

    Is this a joke ?
    The lake white elephant should be razed and turned into a dog park

  • LibArtifact

    1st impression: A cautious smile followed by uncontrolled sarcasm.

    Cost: probably n times higher than a conventional, practical bike rack would be?

  • BJ Wilson

    This is a joke, right?

  • OneReally

    This is for the birds!!!

  • Rational Reston

    “Cute, expensive bike racks. That’s just the shot in the arm that the Lake House needs to be a thriving enterprise.”

    Somewhere in RA, someone had this thought, and someone else said “Yes”

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