**TEMPORARILY OUT OF COMMISSION**
House of Spirits Riverbox was created in 2009 by artist Mark Soppeland.
• Park in the middle lot next to Leatherlips.
• Follow the paved path toward the conifer of steel.
• Continue north leaving the path for the grass, stopping at the northwest corner of the black cage.
• Turn right up a slight hill onto the path in the trees.
• Take approximately 20 steps in, and cut right, to find what you are seeking.
• Back track down toward the black cage, turning right at its corner.
• Once you near the end, you can go left, or right.
• Go Right!
• Go uphill approximately 50 paces until you find what you are seeking.
Artist and Credits:
Mark Soppeland lives in Akron, Ohio. His versatile artwork encompasses many mediums and themes, often resulting in whimsical, yet thought-provoking castles, shrines and guardians. He has created more than 45 public art projects and is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Akron.
House of Spirits Riverbox was inspired by mail art, a 30-year collection of found objects and the Indonesian custom of building a small elaborate house – a Spirit House – that was placed on a pedestal in the corner of one’s property. The house was intended to provide a shelter for spirits that could cause problems if not appeased. Offerings were customarily left at the house to soothe the spirits. An old spirit house should never be discarded but placed together with others somewhere in a field or a wood. Although they aren’t maintained anymore, it is common practice for passers-by to leave a gift at the spot.