Mercury Fountain

Saint Clair Cemin
1990 | White Carrara marble and bronze

At almost 28 feet tall, the Mercury Fountain has rightfully become a symbol of Reston Town Center—and a landmark in Reston as well—since it was erected in 1990. The design of the fountain was chosen after a call for artists and interviews were conducted to decide which project would provide a memorable yet functional attraction to the Town Center. The Roman god Mercury was chosen to represent Reston Town Center because he symbolizes communication and commerce. As the reference point and final destination in the shopping area, the Mercury Fountain creates powerful yet soothing sounds meant to draw patrons towards the common area.

Transferred to Reston Urban Core Association (RUCA) from Reston Town Center Association Phase I in 1998.

Photo credit: Charlotte Geary