Mary LaRue Wells
1990 | Concrete
These two whimsical and endearing sculptures were created by artist Mary LaRue Wells and are located under a small footbridge near an affordable housing complex at Bowman Towne Court at the corner of Town Center Parkway and New Dominion Parkway. The two figures are the likeness of two well-known Fairfax County personages and are integral to the early development of public art in Reston. The face of the original troll is that of Walter Webdale, head of the Fairfax County Housing Authority and former president of AHC Housing in Arlington, Virginia, who had the piece commissioned as a way to add amusement to a utilitarian footbridge. Little did he know the amusement would become an infinite representation of his caricatured self. The second is a likeness of the former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the late Jack Herrity, a pivotal figure in the transition of the county from bedroom community to economic center. Additionally, these trolls are a central connection between the children of Reston, the community, and the town itself. Ann Erickson, a former art teacher at Armstrong Elementary, adopted these trolls in order to get her third grade students more interested in the public art around Reston. Her small gesture became a town-wide initiative involving other elementary schools, parents, and Reston-based organizations to celebrate and maintain the sculptures.
Owner: Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority