Next public artwork on Lake Thoreau to honor nature, trees

Public Art Reston selected the artwork “One, Two, Tree” as next year’s installation for Lake Thoreau (courtesy Public Art Reston)

Next year, the Lake Thoreau spillway will feature a nature-inspired public artwork created by South Lakes High School’s STEAM team.

The 10-foot tall installation was designed to embrace Reston’s natural environment with a “modern twist,” according to Public Art Reston. Viewers will see a forest from one perspective and a single tree from the other. Students plan to illuminate flowers fastened to the tree’s branches.

The design was selected by Public Art Reston’s selection committee, which narrowed down submissions to three concepts.

In order to fund the project, the STEAM team is selling calendars that feature nature photography by Reston resident Mary Prochnow. Calendars can be purchased online or in-person at the Reston Museum.

The art club has been creating artwork on the lake spillway since 2014. It is led by South Lakes art teacher and working artist Marco Rando. Projects are supported by Public Art Reston and Reston Association.

This year’s artwork — titled “Rise” — was inspired by Reston’s rapid development.

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