The Dublin Arts Council will add a few pieces of art to its Riverbox collection soon, this time in Washington Township.

The Dublin Arts Council will add a few pieces of art to its Riverbox collection soon, this time in Washington Township.

The DAC last week issued a call to Ohio artists for three new pieces of outdoor art for "Riverboxes Tributary" that will be placed in Washington Township's Kaltenbach and Homestead parks next spring.

According to the DAC, "Riverboxes are permanent, three-dimensional site-specific public artworks that contain an artist-made stamp and journal and are discreetly placed in Dublin parks. DAC provides clues and public information about the location of the Riverboxes to engage the community in search, exploration and discovery."

The art was also inspired by letterboxing and geocaching a hobby that meshes map-reading or GPS skills with "treasure hunts."

The Riverbox project began in 2007 with six pieces of public artwork installed in riverfront parks around Dublin. Three more pieces of work were installed in 2009 and there are currently seven on display.

Moving the project beyond the banks of the Scioto River brought on a partnership with Washington Township, said David Guion, DAC executive director.

"We made a decision to move beyond the river so we created this new project called Riverbox Tributaries so we could move away from the river," he said. "Washington Township has always been interested in raising awareness of its parks. The idea was to bring people into the parks through the Riverbox project and it's always been a project the township has been interested in."

In fact, Washington Township awarded the DAC a $10,000 grant for the project.

"Washington Township has supported us in the past with fairly substantial grants that really help us fulfill our mission," Guion said.

The $10,000 grant will pay for the three artists chosen to for the project artists will receive $800 in fees and $200 for materials and also cover the cost of upkeep.

'The grant covers the entire project," said marketing and public relations manager Janet Cooper. "It covers administrative costs, checks on the (artwork once it's installed), and materials to install it."

The 44-acre Homestead Park located at 4675 Cosgray Road and Kaltenbach Park at 5985 Cara Road should be combined somehow into the public artwork.

"Part of the process is the artist expresses a relationship with something in or the entire park," Guion said. "Hopefully inspiration is derived by several visits to the park."

The deadline for artist submissions is Oct. 14, although artists are asked to contact Cooper by Oct. 1 to express interest in the project.

The DAC anticipates choosing artists for the project by late October, with the art to be installed in April 2011.