Dublin Art in Public Places

By creating a collection of public art, Dublin Arts Council’s Dublin Art in Public Places program’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for Dublin's residents and to strengthen the city as a destination for visitors.

The collection includes both large and small visual artworks acquired through a variety of models in which Dublin Arts Council is actively engaged; including major gifting, committee-directed projects, calls for entries and jurying, on-loan programs with an acquisition component, interactive projects, contributions to the City’s interior collection and projects which define a community initiative. The collection is currently valued at $3.2 million.

The Dublin Art in Public Places program was begun in 1988 and has grown to more than 70 sculptural elements today.

Dublin Arts Council maintains that public art should inspire an emotional response, provoke questions and invite interaction, while encouraging ingenuity and creative discovery by artists. The collection of public artworks distinguishes our community and creates a sense of place while contributing to Dublin’s aesthetic legacy.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges) by Columbus sculptor Malcolm Cochran has received “Best of Columbus” honors by readers of Columbus Monthly magazine each year of its nomination since 2008, including four #1 awards as best public artwork in central Ohio.
  • In 2013, the Dublin Art in Public Places collection was the first public art tour in the state of Ohio to be included in the international CultureNOW “Museum Without Walls” project database and mobile applications.
  • The Dublin Art in Public Places program was named “Best Suburban Public Art program” in central Ohio by readers of CityScene magazine in 2013 and 2014.
  • The Dublin Art in Public Places cell phone tour received the 2013 Groundworks Group CreativITy award for using technology in innovative ways to advance mission.