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 $3.8 million.
The Dublin Art in Public Places program was begun in 1988 and has grown to more than 60 large and small-scale permanent, temporary and interactive public art projects 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.
Dublin Arts Council, in collaboration with City of Dublin adopted its first Public Art Master Plan in 2021. A copy can be downloaded here.
M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve Public Artwork
Shown above: Artist Ilan Averbuch’s site-specific rendering of The Boat in the Field selected as Dublin’s latest permanent public artwork, to be installed in M.L. “Red” Trabue Park in summer of 2023.
Dublin Arts Council Executive Director David S. Guion announced Jan. 25 ,2022 that the $150,000 commission for Dublin, Ohio’s newest public artwork has been awarded to Ilan Averbuch of Long Island City, N.Y. Averbuch’s site-specific proposal for The Boat in the Field, a permanent artwork in Dublin’s M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve consists of two intertwined images. One image is of a stone skeletal structure of a boat raised 11 to 15 feet in the air as if frozen in mid-flight. The other image is of a skeletal tower made of vertical steel beams covered with a sloping round roof. The massive petrified stone boat looks as if it floats weightlessly in mid-air, seeming to defy gravity and the laws of physics. Below, steel beams, some straight and some bent, appear in motion, possibly having walked out of the nearby Karrer Pond. The sculpture will be 25 feet tall, 18 feet wide and 15 feet deep, created from recycled and Ohio industrial materials, such as stone and Cor-ten weathering steel.
Averbuch was selected from a field of 151 applicants from 33 states. The sculpture will be long-lasting and will require very little maintenance. The Boat in the Field is slated for installation in summer of 2023.
Read the announcement about the award here.
View Averbuch’s proposal presentation here.