Public Art Master Plan for Reston
In early 2008, Public Art Reston launched an initiative to create a world-class public art master plan for Reston — following on our long tradition of internationally recognized planning excellence first initiated by founder Robert E. Simon — as the first step in bringing outstanding public art to our community. This was an opportunity to build community, improve the aesthetic environment in Reston, and position Reston as an innovator in public art programs. The master planning process was a way of engaging the community in a discussion about how public art that can enhance Reston and this tradition of community involvement in Reston’s public art continues to this day. The planning process has engaged all segments of the Reston community in a discussion about how public art can enrich community life and spirit, and about places that could be enhanced by artworks. Reston’s Public Art master plan outlines a vision for public art in Reston, key opportunities for new projects, and an action plan for success. The plan also includes recommendations for projects, suggestions about how to fund the projects, and descriptions of the roles different organizations will play in successfully realizing Reston’s public art ambitions. We worked with the civic leadership of Reston to make certain their constituents – residents, businesses, developers, and artists – were engaged in the planning process. The Public Art Master Plan for Reston was endorsed and adopted by the Public Art Reston Board in December 2008 and as a result Reston is the first non-incorporated community in the country to have adopted a public art master plan.