Welcome to IPAR

Reston's tradition of making art and culture an everyday part of life in the community is taking a bold new step. A group of Reston civic and community organizations and leaders have joined to develop a vision and plan for cultivating a new generation of public artworks throughout the community. As a result, the Public Art Master Plan for Reston was adopted in December 2008.
 
The group, Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR), expects to stimulate a community-wide discussion about the role that public art can play in urban places and community life, and plans to commission new artworks that are engaging, memorable and recognized for their artistic excellence.

Public art has always been a part of Reston’s tradition, but it is more important for Reston now than ever. As the community matures and evolves, public art can create new anchors for our public spaces, new connections to the landscape that we have so carefully protected, and new bonds within our community. - Joe Ritchey, IPAR Board Chairman and President

What's New

SIMON, LATEST TEMPORARY PUBLIC ARTWORK BY SOUTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL  STEAM TEAM, LAKE THOREAU SPILLWAY
 

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TROUBLEMAKERS: The Story of Land Art
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at CenterStage Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 7:30 pm
Free. 
Read more about Troublemakers.
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READ
The Art of Child's Play. For Children Growing Up in Reston, Public Art Is a Happy Playground, by Janet Rems. Reston magazine, August 2016, pp. 20-22.
 
ONGOING
A BIRD IN THE HAND BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY AT
RESTON TOWN SQUARE PARK  
More information about the project
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MAP OF PUBLIC ART IN RESTON     Click here to download our public art map. Take a tour of Reston by foot or bicycle and discover outdoor sculptures and public art projects throughout the community.

The Underpass
The underpass, Gonzalo Fonseca, Lake Anne Village Center.
 
"DEVELOPER'S CHECKLIST: PUBLIC ART PROJECT OPTIONS" AND "GUIDE FOR DEVELOPERS TO PUBLIC ART IN RESTON"
Developers who demonstrate support for public art by providing voluntary commitments to integrate public art into their proposed Reston developments during the land development process within Fairfax County can consider one of the three options presented in the document.
Click here to view the documents.