Steel Sculpture On Track for Fall Installation in Reston Town Center

A new 50-foot steel sculpture by artist Sue Wrbican is on track for installation in the fall.

For more than a year, the Greater Reston Arts Center has been working on the project, which is inspired by American surrealist Kay Sage. Construction began a little over a year ago. The sculpture is intended to encourage viewers to think about the themes of urbanism and landscape, environmentalism and natural resources, feminism, and community, said Lily Siegel, GRACE’s executive director and curator.

Through her project, Wrbican is not just bringing attention to Sage’s life and work, she is making it relevant to our contemporary lives by introducing forms inspired by Sage into our present urban landscape,” Siegel said, adding that Sage’s work was overlooked during her time and that she lived in the shadow of her celebrated artist-husband and associates.

Siegel hopes the sculpture will be a gathering point and topic of conversation.

GRACE turned to crowdfunding to help finance the construction of the project, as well as ongoing programming scheduled for the sculpture. While the organization did not release the cost of the project, Seigel said the project has received “incredible support.”

A talk about the project, which will be installed in Town Square Park, is set for August 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at GRACE. The event is free and open to the public.

Community partners include Reston Town Center Association, Reston Community Center, ARTSFAIRFAX, Public Art Reston, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, MacMullan & Associates, Architecture Incorporated, Commercial Concrete, ECS Mid-Atlantic, PaintTech, and a number of individuals.

Photo by Sue Wrbican

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Crime Roundup: Man Robbed on Monaghan Drive

A man was robbed by several suspects as he walked home along Monaghan Drive on Wednesday, August 7.

Police reported that the suspects covered the victim’s face and stole cash, a visa, passport and cell phone. 

The incident happened on the 2100 block of Monaghan Drive at around 9:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

In a separate incident, someone stole jewelry and a safe from a home on the 2300 block of Duke of Bedford Court in Thursday, August 8.

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating both incidents.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2500 block of Centreville Road, beer from business

2300 block of Colts Brook Drive, jewelry from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, shoes and backpacks from business

9900 block of Colvin Run Road, credit cards from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1900 block of Isaac Newton Square, wallet from location

9000 block of Jeffery Road, mail from residence

11500 block of Leesburg Pike, wallet from location

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, cash from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, electronic devices from business

 STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In another case, a woman is suspected of trespassing in a home on the 13400 block of Parcher Drive.

Police said the woman, who came inside the garage, was looking for a woman who she believed lived at the house.

She was described as a white female with blonde hair and was wearing a white shirt and blue pants. Police said she was last seen running westbound on Parcher Avenue.

The incident happened on Thursday, August 8 at 10:52 a.m.

Photo via FCPD

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Superhero Splash and Dash Set for August 18

The second annual Reston Youth Superhero Splash and Dash is set for August 18 at Lake Audubon Pool.

The event gives participants between ages 6 and 15 the chance to get their feet wet in a triathlon. Swimming takes place at the pool and the run course takes place on a nearby section of pathways.

CORE Foundation organizes the event each year in partnership with Reston Association and other community sponsors.

Registration is $30, plus an additional $10 for an annual membership fee for the USA Triathlon. Races are grouped based on age.

More information about the event is available online. It begins at 8:30 a.m.

Photo via CORE Foundation

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Report: Reston Farmers Market Organizers Awarded for Community Work

The trio behind Reston Farmers Market was awarded for more than 20 years of community work. The managers received the Elly Doyle Park Service Award from the Fairfax County Park Authority.

From a program that gives dollars for low-income families to an initiative to reduce plastic waste, the managers have put on the market on Saturday mornings from April through December.

John Lovaas has managed the market for 22 years. His wife Fran Lovaas joined him after her retirement 16 years ago and Keith Strange joined the initiative a decade later.

Northern Virginia magazine featured their efforts in a recent article:

“Community service is probably the number one thing that sets them apart for this award,” says Mary Olien, site operations manager of the Fairfax County Park Authority. “They know the farmers and vendors very well, so they can promote the products in an honest way. They are highly respected, which makes for a very fun and organized market.” 

The market managers have worked with local nonprofit Cornerstones since 2012 to enable low-income families to use their SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Reston Farmers Market. Plus, after all the shoppers have cleared out, vendors gather all of the untouched produce together and bring it to local shelters, decreasing food waste.

The managers partnered with Clean Fairfax to decrease plastic use by encouraging the use of reusable mesh bags. So far, five vendors have joined the sustainability initiative thus far.

FCPA established the Elly Doyle Park Service Award in 1988 to recognize the service of former ParkAuthority Board Chairman and member Ellamae Doyle. The award publicly recognizes a volunteer or group of volunteers for outstanding contributions to county parks.

Photo by John Lovaas

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Poll: What are Your Thoughts on Reston Town Center’s Rebranding Efforts?

Recently, Reston Town Center shed its iconic logo of the Mercury Fountain in favor of a more modern and simplistic design.

For weeks, Boston Properties and their public relations company TAA PR have been mum about the rebranding effort, as well as the latest on a planned renovation to RTC’s common areas.

In response to multiple requests from Reston Now, company representatives said they have some “exciting news to share” about the future of RTC in the coming weeks. In absence of hard details, Reston Now is turning to its readers to get their thoughts on what they think about the new logo and what message the new design seeks to convey.

RTC’s first logo features a line drawing of the 20-foot Mercury Fountain, which was designed by sculptor Saint Clair Cemin and anchors the pavilion. While the new logo retains the original blue palette, its circular form — with a ‘C’ rested in the center — lends itself to many interpretations.

A new crop of tenants are expected to open up in RTC by 2020, including Jinya Ramen Bar, The Candle Bar and Muse Paint Bar. The company also announced plans to renovate most of its gathering places in over the next several months. 

Until more details are made public, we’d love to know your thoughts about the new logo and the future of RTC in the comments below.

File photo

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Tuesday Morning Notes

South Lakes High School Students Get Early Start — Students got a head start on math before schools go into session. The program was developed by several SLHS teachers. Students work in small groups to refresh their understanding of algebra. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Farmers and Makers Market is Today — The market returns to Reston Town Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local farmers and artisans will sell a mix of items, including fresh produce, cheese, meats and olive oil. [Reston Town Center]

Leidos to Acquire IMX Medical Management Services — “Reston, Va.-based Leidos, a defense, aviation, IT, and biomedical research company, announced that it is set to acquire Pennsylvania-based IMX Medical Management Services, a commercial independent review organization, and its affiliated businesses.” [Technical.ly]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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