Dublin Arts Council has commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels that are inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching which combine map-reading or GPS skills and artistic pursuit with delightful ‘treasure hunts’ in beautiful, scenic places.
Riverboxes contain a unique artist-made stamp, journal and historical and environmental information for visitors to discover in Dublin parks along the banks of or connected to the Scioto River and its tributaries. Clues to the whereabouts of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found on this site.
Find all 16 original Riverboxes to earn a geocoin. Find Equal East and Equal West Riverboxes to earn a pathtag.
Download a passport by clicking here.
Participants are encouraged to bring a personal journal and an ink stamp, either handmade or commercially produced, as they search for Riverbox locations. Letterboxing/geocaching hobbyists often mark their journals with the ink stamps discovered at each location, and in turn, imprint the site’s journal with their own ink stamp.
Dublin Arts Council has two new pathtags and a new Dublin Limerick Adventure Lab, launched on International Geocaching Day, Aug. 20, 2022. We’ll be posting information soon about these collectibles, as well as our 2022 Geocoins.
If you’re visiting from out of town, please click here for special hotel discounts.
There are also special discount coupons in the Riverboxes passport for retail and dining.
The Riverboxes project is part of Dublin Arts Council’s Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River program. Funding and support for Riverboxes has been generously provided by grants from The Dublin Foundation, Honda of America, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., Target and Washington Township. Ongoing support for Dublin Arts Council is received from the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel bed tax endowment, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The City of Dublin Parks and Open Space Department and the Dublin Historical Society have collaborated with Dublin Arts Council in the project’s development.
Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes Coordinator is Mandi Strapp. She can be reached at email@example.com
Riverboxes on View
Equal West Riverbox
Equal West is a tribute to Historic Dublin and the Dublin Pedestrian Bridge, created by Dublin artist Don Staufenberg in 2022. It is located in Dublin Springs Park.
Equal East Riverbox
Equal East is a tribute to technology and new development in Dublin, as well as the Dublin Pedestrian Bridge. The Riverbox was created by Dublin artist Don Staufenberg in 2022. It is located in Dublin's Riverside Crossing Park.
D’Art’s No-Litter Cat Box
D’Art’s no-litter cat box is a traditional cache inspired by D’Art the gallery cat, DAC’s most popular staff member.
Sentinel Riverbox was created by artist Anthony Bible in 2016 and is located in Indian Run Meadows Park.
The Forest Witch and the Witless Fellow, Finnian
The Forest Witch and the Witless Fellow, Finnian was created by artist Sharon Dorsey in 2016 and is located in Amberleigh Community Park.
The Nest II
The Nest Riverbox was created by artist Julia LaBay in 2014 and is located in Kiwanis Riverway Park.
The Riparian Riverbox was created by artist Nathan Mayfield in 2014 and is located on Dublin Arts Center’s grounds.
Caementum Charta (CeeCee) II
Caementum Charta Riverbox was created by artist Thomas Ansel in 2014 and is located in Donegal Cliffs Park.
Nero3 Riverbox was created in 2011 by Giancarlo Calicchia as part of the Riverbox Tributary project and was relocated to Dublin's Ferris-Wright Park in September of 2020.
Fissures and Fractures II
Fissures and Fractures Riverbox was created by Andrea Myers in 2011. The artwork is part of the Riverbox Tributary project and is located in Dublin's Donegal Cliffs Park.
Among the Wildflowers
Among the Wildflowers Riverbox was created in 2011 by artist Katlin Rothacher. The artwork is part of the Riverbox Tributary project.
House of Spirits *TEMPORARILY OUT OF COMMISSION*
House of Spirits Riverbox was created in 2009 by artist Mark Soppeland. It's located in Dublin's Scioto Park.
All 18 Riverboxes are currently on view
If you spot damage or missing contents, please email Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes Coordinator, Mandi Strapp, firstname.lastname@example.org.