Voting now open to choose an animal mascot for Reston’s ‘icon’

Voting for Reston’s new animal icon is underway (via Reston Association)

Restonians can officially select Reston’s new animal icon.

A group of organizations — Friends of Reston, Reston Association and Public Art Reston — have partnered on a quest to choose an animal to represent the area. Local artists have created the images.

The winner selected by the popular vote will be fabricated into a replicable cast sculpture. It will then be painted and auctioned to finance future public art projects Reston.

The three options for consideration are a blue heron by Ben Morse, a woodpecker by Danan Scheurer and a fox by Tracie Griffith Tso.

Friends of Reston Board President Maggie Edwards told FFXnow that the organization has launched new projects and maintained existing initiatives like youth enrichment scholarships.

“The funds raised will be dedicated to the continuation of the underpass program which focuses on enhancing the road underpasses, part of Reston’s pathway system,” Edwards said. “This community arts fundraising initiative falls perfectly within FOR’s 24 year mission supporting RA through charitable, educational and scientific activities.”

Phoebe Avery, Public Art Reston’s public art manager, said the organization looks forward to participating in the project.

“We’re always happy to provide guidance and support to Reston and our community partners,” Avery said.

Restonians also have the option of submitting an icon of their choice for consideration. Artwork can be sent to [email protected].

The survey will be open until May 31.

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