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House of the Rising Water

 House of the Rising Water Riverbox was created by artist Helma Groot in 2009.

The Riverbox was inspired by the river and the many civilizations that have lived along its banks … the things they owned and the things they left behind. Explore the way in which the artist portrays the layers of sediment, land, water and sky and the remnants of the people who may have called this area home.

Artist Helma Groot currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. She often works in wood and welded metals. She focuses on mankind’s impact on the environment and her artwork often centers on the theme of fish.

Groot earned her MFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and has traveled and lived in many parts of the world, including Indonesia, Germany and The Netherlands.


Clue #1

Follow the path along the manicured park area. 

Clue #2

Continue across the bridges...,
down the stairs toward
the river. 

Clue #3

At the very base of the stairs, stop and look underneath the path you just traveled.


Amberleigh Community Park is an outdoor oasis with  walking trails, nature areas and river access. The park also features a unique playground and play village and an inviting shelter house.

Follow the street to the end of the culdesac to enter the path. Please be courteous and respectful of residents.

N 40º07.977'
W 083º 07.066'


N 40º07.993'
W 083º 06.983'


Be inspired!


Artist Helma Groot’s inspiration for creating House of the Rising Water is deeply rooted in archaeology. The history of the Scioto River and past civilizations that once resided in the area are the foundation of Groot’s message. House of the Rising Water urges us to ponder the connection between the past, present and future.


Ask yourself these questions:

  • What ideas, materials or tools have past civilizations left behind?

  • What has our civilization learned from past civilizations and then implemented?

  • What will we continue to build as a society and leave behind for future generations?

Learn more:–archives/archaeology


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