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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Triumph of Art: Reston Resident Wins Most Important Contest of All Time


Lest you doubt the incredible creative energy that resides behind our earth-toned walls, let it be known that Mary Jo Ondrejka of Reston was one of three people who won the Washington Post's annual "Peep Show" contest, which involves creating art from children's candy and whatnot. Along with co-conspirators Bryn Metzdorf from Fairfax and Margaret Hartka from Parkton, Md., Ondrejka created this stunning reenactment of the "Chilean CoPeepapo Mine Rescue" (get it?) The best art should enlighten and challenge, and we think this does both, inasmuch as molded extrusions of marshmallow and high-fructose corn syrup can do either, so yay, the end.


  1. How exciting, creative -- and so Reston-ish. I think that Lake Anne Plaza should sponsor a "Human Disaster of The Week" confection sculpture contest. The Japan tsunami would be awsome -- a huge whipped cream wave carrying thousands of little marshmallo bodies out onto a high-fructose corn syrup ocean. Who wouldn't go to see that-- and stay to shop, dine and experience the embiance.

  2. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonApril 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Congrats to Ms. Ondrejka and Co. for winning first prize. My personal favorite from the Post's slide show of best entries, however, is the tableau shown in the sixth image. Anyone who has entered or exited Metro at Foggy Bottom will appreciate it as the best rendition EVER of that abomination of a station.

  3. I'm personally fond of the Peepco workers attempting to restore power. Say what you will about our beige paradise, but below-ground utilities are a good thing!

  4. Maybe it's just me, but I like the assembly line rendering yellow peeps into soup. There's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of soup on cold, drippy day.

    And, of course, congrats to Ms. Ondrejko.

  5. Is it too late to replace the rad 80s art at the Metro with a huge bronze peep?

  6. Frankly, I was hoping for a Peeps-filled rendition of Reston: The Opera: The Peeps Diorama. There's always next year.

  7. Yes, but our beige paradise has an Achilles heel in the south: despite below-ground electrical lines, anyone south of Glade loses power regularly thanks to (I think) the above-ground wires between south Reston and the substation. North of Glade, the power stays on. This can be Andy Sigle's first task: he can nag Dominion Power to bury the electrical lines! Apparently he lives in the affected area, so he will have the proper incentive.

    But I digress: congratulations to the Peeptacular diorama winners. Well done.

  8. Anonymous, I live south of Glade and I do NOT lose power regularly. On occasion, yes, but it's usually associated with weather phenomena over which I have no control.

    Except for those occasions, I'm more powerful than I've ever been before. heh heh

  9. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonApril 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Antitroll, as might be deduced from my name, I do live in Dixie, and I guess one's opinion about the reliability of electric power depends on how you define "regularly". In an average year I can probably count on two blackouts from winter snow/ice storms or summer thunderstorms. Not too much fun during this winter's one major storm to be without heat until the electricity was restored 24.5 hours after it went out.


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