Confidential Restonian Operative "South Lakes Survivor" sent us this
nightmare fuel Twitter photo of the latest piece of whimsical art to grace our favorite Metro station and source of artisanal bacon products, Reston Station. Apparently giant towers of surplus utility conduit flapping in the breeze was too challenging a public art statement for the commuter crowd, so the powers that be opted for something a bit more... mainstream, assuming you call a weirdly anthropomorphic and sexualized yet ambiguous barnyard animal "mainstream."
But what is it? At first, we were going with "bear," but after closer examination, we're thinking "pig," maybe? Is it an unintentional metaphor for the intentional growth all around it? Is it queuing up early to be the first to enjoy some sweeeeeet trackside midscale chain dining? Only the artist knows for sure.
True story: As week or so back, we were returning to Reston on the last train of the evening after attending one of the many invitation-only black-tie soirees we get invited to, and we stumbled upon this as we were heading bleary-eyed to the elevator to retrieve our car on level G41 of the garage, but didn't quite process it. Good to know it wasn't a figment of our fevered imagination.
Update: Apparently it's a repurposed panda bear from downtown, but Floyd never did a song about any of the ursine members of the chordata phylum, so our headline stands, the end.