Part and Parcel 

South Lakes High School STEAM Team 

2020 | TBA

The SLHS STEAM Team’s design concept for Part and Parcel, this year’s temporary public artwork to be installed on the Lake Thoreau Spillway, has been approved by the Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB). Click here to see their presentation to the Reston Association Design Review Board (starting at about 1:11:18). 

“As a Reston resident and member, I love this proposed sculpture project. Very impressive.” – Stephen Ashby, Reston Resident, Comment at DRB meeting 05.27.2020

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

Sponsored by: Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association, Reston Association, Public Art Reston, Hope and Hayes McCarty, Mary and David Prochnow, Melissa Romano, Margrit Kenny, Jeanne Loveland, and Karla Reiter

Project HistoryPart and Parcel is the seventh temporary installation for the Lake Thoreau spillway realized by students at South Lakes High School (SLHS) through the STEAM Team after school program. In 2012, Lake Thoreau resident James Pan approached Reston Association (RA) with the idea of involving SLHS students in transforming the unattractive, concrete spillway platform into a work of art. RA connected Pan with Public Art Reston who saw an opportunity to create a more enriching learning experience by having students follow the same criteria required to fulfill a professional public art process. Through the initial financial support of Pan, RA and Public Art Reston partnered to SLHS and art teacher, Marco Rando, to lead the STEAM Team after school program. Over the course of a school year STEAM Team members gain real world experience in all aspects of the design, development and construction of a public work of art. Members create design concepts and present them to the Public Art Reston Public Art Committee and the RA Design Review Board for final approval. The final design is tested for durability and constructed by students at the high school where it is disassembled and then reinstalled on the spillway by RA staff for all community members to engage with over the course of the installation.