Three works added to Riverbox collection
With more than 6,000 visits logged to riverboxes around Dublin last year, three more will be unveiled this weekend.
The Dublin Arts Council has added three public art pieces to its collection of riverboxes that take visitors on a tour of Dublin's parks through letterboxing or geocaching.
The riverbox project began in 2007 as part of the DAC's "Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River" and makes participants use maps or GPS coordinates along with clues to find riverboxes placed in Dublin's riverfront parks.
The three added to the DAC's collection, however, have to do with tributaries to the Scioto River in Washington Township parks.
The new riverboxes were placed in Homestead and Kaltenbach parks.
According to DAC executive director David Guion, the parks both have tributaries that feed into the Scioto River via Hayden Run Falls.
Janet Cooper, the DAC's marketing and public-relations manager, said the three additions mean 10 riverboxes have been placed around Dublin and Washington Township for hunting.
One of the riverboxes placed earlier this week in Homestead Park was inspired by slate.
Artist Andrea Myers, a Columbus native, said that after visiting the park, she wanted to do some kind of rock formation one might find around the pond in the park.
"I started doing research on different rock formations around Ohio," she said.
The research led her to slate rock, which is abundant in Ohio. Slate rock also has layers that often are utilized in Myers' work.
"I'm very in line with that idea," she said.
The artwork hidden in Homestead Park, called "Fissures and Fractures," is the first outdoor piece for Myers. "I had to use creative problem-solving, how to make something weatherproof," she said.
The public-art aspect also added another challenge to the creative process.
"I was trying to make sure it's as durable and interactive as possible. Most of my pieces are made to be in a gallery, where they're not touched," she said.
The artist, who teaches at CCAD, currently has some work on display at the McCormick Gallery in Chicago and is represented by the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston. For this art, she had to make it "OK to be touched" so people who find the riverbox could open it and find the stamp and journal used in the riverbox search.
Other artists who crafted riverboxes are Cleveland-based Giancarlo Calicchia and Hartville-based artist Katlin Rothacher.
All three artists will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon May 21 at Homestead Park's Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, as the new riverboxes are unveiled. The reception is free and open to the public.
Cooper said potato ink stamps and paper-bag journals to use in the riverbox hunt would be crafted during the artist reception May 21.
For more information on the public artworks or to find clues to the locations of the new riverboxes or any others at Dublin-area parks, visit dublinarts.org. Brochures with clues also will be distributed at the artist reception.
The new riverboxes were funded through a grant from Washington Township.