David Showalter and Alexandra Stambaugh
2018 | Powder coated on mild steel
“The Pony Barn Park is a place for the community to gather, celebrate, and have fun. We set out to have our contribution to the space reflect that recreation and whimsy. Though it no longer functions as a home for the animals of its namesake we wanted to recall the Pony Barn’s origins and bring a little of its history to its modern story.”
Horseshoes comprises three individual pieces and is among a group of artist-designed bike racks selected for different locations throughout Reston that transform utilitarian objects into engaging public art. In a community-led public art process a call for design concepts was requested for four different sites. Artists were not only tasked with creating site-specific designs, but also to follow Fairfax County criteria and standards for such amenities. The selection process included an initial design review by the Art Selection Committee comprised of key community stakeholders; final selection by the Public Art Reston Public Art Committee; and approval by the Reston Association Design Review Board. The winning designs were manufactured in a durable powder-coated steel by DERO, a firm that specializes in fabricating custom designed bike racks, and installed and maintained by Reston Association.