The only thing more fun than clambering all over Reston's brutalist statuary is engaging in scholarly discussion of its import, complete with hip '70s disregard for uppercase letters. And right off the bat, we see that things haven't changed all that much in the last three-odd decades:
The rest of the article uses lots of big words to pay homage to Lake Anne's concrete statuary, including Rossant's Pulpit and Lookout, the tall watchtowery structures on both sides of the harbor we always assumed were used by the DRB to spot floating affronts to the color palette. Lay it on us, 70s Sculpture Critic:
What they said. We'll get back to you once we pry our thesaurus out from under a leg of the kitchen table.
Of the fountain in Lake Anne Plaza, the article says it is "looked at with and without puzzlement, much like an open fire hydrant on a New York street." (Except that kids are allowed to play in open fire hydrants.) And it engages in a bit of anachronistic snark: "Less memorable are the kitcsh walls of the Plaza's pharmacy." Oh, no they didn't!
Then there's a bunch of architectury stuff about the statuary in the underpass on North Shore Road:
More intriguing are references to pieces that no longer exist, such as a wooden horse (called "Wooden Horse") and "The Building," which was made of wood and apparently a popular place to play:
Did a lawsuit or wood rot fell The Building? We may never know.
This fancy aerial shot shows an "experimental model" called the Tower that once stood next to the Sun Boat:
What Does It All Mean? Fortunately, we skipped to the end:
We'll be damned, but that almost makes sense.