• Walk south from the library on High St., then east on Spring Hill St. toward the Scioto River.
• The park is accessible at the north end of South Riverview St. via a wooden stairway.
• Follow the path down to the river.
• Look south of the gazebo, keeping your eyes open for the confluence of concrete, metal and wood.
Find Equal East and Equal West Riverboxes and earn a collectible Pathtag. Bring your passport ink stamps to Dublin Arts Council during business hours or email a photo of your stamps/geocache log (with name and mailing address) to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your Pathtag.
Artist & Credits:
Don Staufenberg’s background is in product design. Originally from Long Island, New York, Staufenberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He has served as product designer with many prestigious companies including Rubbermaid and Herman Miller, and as head of design at Fitch Inc., Columbus, Ohio. He has been a guest lecturer at a variety of universities and currently provides design consultation for various firms. Staufenberg has been a Dublin, Ohio resident for over 30 years.
Working closely with community partners such as City of Dublin Parks & Recreation, Dublin Historical Society, Dublin’s Deputy City Manager, Visit Dublin Ohio and Dublin Arts Council, Staufenberg researched and used materials that were integral to the pedestrian bridge construction.
The artist was inspired by circular shapes in The Simulation of George F. Karrer’s Workshop. The sculpture is one of Dublin’s permanent large-scale artworks, created by artist Brower Hatcher, celebrating Dublin’s 2010 Bicentennial and recognizing Dublin’s first blacksmith. Like the Equal East Riverbox, Equal West also features a round shape, representing the movement of Dublin and its evolution over time.
The Base of the Riverbox:
There are two materials used for the base of the Equal West Riverbox:
- An old wooden beam was selected as the material to represent the history of Dublin. The wood represents a nod to the Fleming log cabin, Karrer barn and other historic buildings related to Dublin’s past. On top of the wooden base, are grooves which mimic agricultural lines, representing Dublin’s farming history. You can take this out, the wood was too fragile to put the grooves in.
- Concrete was used to represent the development of Bridge Park. There is a grid patten of Bridge Park which has been integrated on the top of the concrete base. The grid pattern on the concrete base represents the Bridge Park architecture and Dublin’s transformation from farm to tech. The top of the concrete base includes bolt heads, which represents the Bridge Park and Dublin Link pedestrian bridge construction, to show how strong it is, how strong Bridge Park Dublin is and the materials that go along with it. =W was cast into the top of the cement cube representing the name of the piece “Equal West”.
Other materials incorporated into the base:
- The base also includes both the old and new logos for the City of Dublin embedded into opposite sides.
- The green rebar was included as a nod to the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge, which utilized a substantial amount of green rebar in its construction. Staufenberg used this material to connect the wood and concrete bases as a metaphor for bridging historic Dublin and Bridge Park.
The Loop Structure
The two circular steel rings represent multiple referential motifs from both Historic Dublin and Bridge Park.
- The loop shape mimics wheels depicted in the representational Karrer workshop public artwork, including round wagon wheels, the original Wheelwright’s stone and photos of the old blacksmith building, which incorporated wheels on its exterior.
- The loop also harkens to the ringmaster from the old Sells Circus in Dublin.
- The Bridge Park development includes myriad circular shapes in its design, with archways integrated in overhead pedestrian walkways, the roundabout at the south entrance to the development and igloos on the rooftop patio of the Vaso rooftop eatery.
- The circle or loop shape also represents the movement of Dublin – everything is evolving.
The loop structure includes pieces of the same handrail cable that was used on the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge itself. The cable runs between the two rings to connect historic Dublin and Bridge Park. The three pieces of steel represent the three bridges of Dublin: the Route 161 (Bridge Street) Bridge, the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge and Emerald Parkway bridge which runs parallel to the I-270 overpass. The center steel piece represents the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge. There are eight handrail grommets, from the bridge, welded into the steel representing the eight handrail cable holes.
The Wooden Box
The box containing the cache materials is constructed from a Coffman Barn floor plank from Coffman Park. The original live edge of the plank was maintained in the construction of the box. The door pull is handrail grommet from the bridge.