Big Reston celebrations are coming up in 2014 - and a sculpture will serve as a lasting memory.
Reston artist David Adamusko has created a bronze bust of Reston founder Robert E. Simon who will turn 100 in April 2014. Reston will also turn 50 in 2014. The statue was unveiled before key community leaders at Greater Reston Arts Center on Thursday.
The statue will be auctioned off at the 2014 Best of Reston gala, of which Simon is a co-chair. Proceeds from the auction -as well as the Best of Reston gala - will raise money for Cornerstones.
"What will certainly be a Reston icon in April 2014 will occupy a place of honor somewhere," said Cornerstones Chairman Stuart Rakoff.
Adamusko and Simon worked together over the course of three years to create the sculpture. Adamusko worked from photos and in person, first creating the likeness in clay and then casting it in bronze.
"It looks like me," Simon said of his smiling likeness. "But it was rather difficult to say 'cheese' constantly."
Restonians will see bronze Bob over the next six months as he will travel around town in a "Stand With Bob" fundraising campaign, says Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson. Watch for more information on that soon,
Meanwhile, nominations for the 2014 Best of Reston - which honors people nonprofits and large and small businesses who have had an impact on the community - are due Nov. 13. To learn more, click here.