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Dublin Arts Council challenged students from three Dublin City Schools middle and high school programs to create temporary public artwork inspired by Dublin’s Scioto Park. Nearly 200 students worked collaboratively to create two- and three-dimensional public artworks embracing nature, environmental awareness and Indigenous history.

Students interpreted elements of the community’s spirit through their creative process. The project will include an accompanying fieldbook and digital experience to encourage visitor interaction and discovery. Fieldbooks are available in ARTboxes around the community, at Dublin Art Council, or can be downloaded here.

The installation opens with a reception for the artists and the community on Friday, May 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Scioto Park’s riverfront shelter house, 7377 Riverside Dr., Dublin, Ohio. The installation remains on view during park hours, dawn to dusk, through August 2022. The reception is appropriate for all ages and is free of charge. It is not necessary to register.

Participants and projects:

Davis Middle School Art Club
The Fishingtons’ Day at the Park
Medium: Clay
Sculptures along the riverbank inspired by early settlers’ and present-day recreation
teacher Eric Cacioppo

Emerald Campus IB Art, Period 7
Lady by the Water
Medium: Clay, mixed-medium, found materials
Metal sculpture near the river recognizes Indigenous Wyandotte history, folklore and environmental care-taking.
teacher Sarah Rothwell

Emerald Campus IB Art, Period 8
Murkclops, Fungi, & Woodland Twig
Medium: Clay and wire
Figurative sculptures inspire connection to the park’s terrain; trees, river and playground
teacher Sarah Rothwell

Karrer Middle School
More than Man-Made
Medium: Cement tile; paint
Student-painted pavers create a colorful pathway around a legacy tree
teacher Marlo Brown

The project is part of Dublin Arts Council’s multi-year Art & Wellness initiative, realized with support from Dublin City Schools, City of Dublin, Cardinal Health, Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional collaborators include Washington Township EMS, Syntero Counseling Centers, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, OhioDance, Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, Dublin Bridges and several City of Dublin departments, including Police, Human Resources, Recreation Services and Parks and Recreation.




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