Connie’s Quilt

South Lakes High School STEAM Team

June 2018  |  Galvanized Metal, Airplane Cable, PEX Tubing, Connectors, Cable Ties

STEAM Team: Samantha Busch, Amirah Kirwan, Kimi Nacu, Levi Park, Lily Vogel, Harrison Cahn, Sabrina Carstens, ShaKiera Conley, MacKenzie Krider, Catherine Lashley, Phoebe Liu, Sarah Mamros, Leslie Mills, Amelia Schultz, Marley Elmore, Morgan Ryan, and Brooke Abrash. Thanks to STEAM Team members and alumni not named for their contribution.


Connie’s Quilt, is made from rings of white tubing strung together to create an organic and kinetic sculpture suspended over the lake. The artwork, comprised of many parts, is representative of our societal fabric and the importance of connectivity between people. Connie’s Quilt sets out to dispel the myth of the “self-made man” and identify the reality that nobody gets where they are without support from family and friends. Interdependence is crucial to the survival and prosperity of any community, which is represented by the supportive and holistic nature of the rings. The STEAM Team’s sculpture’s main statement is this: community is defined by the connections we have with those around us.

This project was realized under the guidance of Marco Rando, South Lakes High School Photo/Art/Design Teacher. Special thanks to James Pan, David and Mary Prochnow, and Gaetano Rando Ling – Design Engineer with IDEO.


Project Partners: South Lakes High School, Reston Association, and Public Art Reston

Project Sponsors: Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association, Reston Association, Public Art Reston, Kim and Kevin Brightwell, Julia Taylor, James & Holly Pan, Alice Abrash, MOD Pizza, Julie Bitzer, E.T. Conrad, Jeanne Marshall, and Priscilla Miller.

Photos by Marco Rando


Series of short films by Rebekah Wingert – Storycatcher Productions with intern support from Alexa Domsky:

The Making of Connie’s Quilt by the South Lakes High School STEAM Team (Part 1 – extended)

The Making of Connie’s Quilt by the South Lakes High School STEAM Team (Part 2)

The Making of Connie’s Quilt by the South Lakes High School STEAM Team (Part 3)

Connie's Quilt