2004 | Bronze
With his back to Lake Anne, this depiction of Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., affectionately called “Bronze Bob,” sits on a bench surveying Washington Plaza at the core of Lake Anne Village Center— the embodiment of his vision for his “New Town”. Reston native and noted artist Zachary Oxman captured the avuncular founder in a relaxed pose and permanently installed on a bench where he can invite others to come and enjoy the scene before him. The work was unveiled at the first Founder’s Day in 1994 to celebrate Simon’s 90th birthday. It is a fitting tribute for someone who put great value in the benefits of public art in daily life and ensured that art would play a key role in the design of Lake Anne.
Photo: Lucy Yen