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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Will Carnivorous Triffids Invade Reston Town Center Under The Guise of 'Public Art'? (No, Probably Not)

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Please to be enjoying this scale rendering of a fancy new sculpture, awash in "bright primrose yellow," that will be placed along Reston Parkway in front of the Hyatt as the Initiative for Public Art-Reston (IPAR)'s second major public art installation.

We're all for public art, and we like the idea of standing motionless with our arms at our sides, almost like cutouts as we contemplate the 19-foot-tall structure in order to complete the effect suggested by the scale model. It'll be a nice, eye-catching diversion from the overly sterile, sanitized feel of Reston's fake gritty downtown. But still, the sculpture looks... oddly familiar.

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Still not ringing a bell? You obviously haven't been watching enough late-night movies.

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We, for one, welcome our future carnivorous plant overlords, and hope they enjoy shopping at the Gap and the other midscale retail options availed by their new home before they bring an end to humanity as we know it.

All joking aside, this piece of work will fit nicely into Reston's legacy of confounding statuary. And we mean that in a good way.


  1. Reston already has quite a few Pod People, so why not welcome the Triffids.

  2. iPod People - spot on, Scubadiver!

  3. Around here the sculpture is referred to as the "Yellow Nessie."

  4. In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people... the Restonians. No one knows who they were or what they were doing...


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