As part of its Art & Wellness initiative, Dublin Arts Council is launching the “Connect: Public Art & Wellness Challenge” that connects the community to the environment, public art and community wellness. Ohio artists will create new artworks that respond to each of Dublin’s 16 RiverboxesTM -- small-scale public artworks inspired by the hobbies of geocaching and letterboxing. A challenge booklet will serve as a guide and interactive journal with geographic clues, prompts for wellness and creative engagement by three additional artists, and resources from community partners. Booklets will be made available through “ARTboxes,” inspired by the “little libraries” concept and installed throughout the community. Challenge booklets will also be available via download at https://dublinarts.org/featured-items/connect.
The project, supported in part by grants from the City of Dublin, Cardinal Health Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Leatherlips by Boston sculptor Ralph Helmick. The 12-foot-tall limestone portrait of the Wyandot chief is the first artwork in Dublin’s Art in Public Places program, dedicated in Scioto Park in 1990.