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The Riparian Riverbox

Artist

Name: Nathan Mayfield
Statement: Mayfield views public art and his Riverbox as “… a new form of profound education that can foster higher complex thinking, scientific inquiry, exploration and discovery.”

Artist Nathan Mayfield is earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at The University of Akron.
Artwork Owner
Dublin Arts Council
Collection
Riverboxes
Description:

The Riparian Riverbox was created by artist Nathan Mayfield in 2014 and is located on Dublin Arts Center’s grounds. The Riparian was inspired by the Scioto River and, more specifically, the riparian zone. Riparian zones are strips of land along the water that serve as ecosystems. As the water rushes... Read more

The Riparian Riverbox was created by artist Nathan Mayfield in 2014 and is located on Dublin Arts Center’s grounds. The Riparian was inspired by the Scioto River and, more specifically, the riparian zone. Riparian zones are strips of land along the water that serve as ecosystems. As the water rushes by, the roots of the plants in the riparian zone hold the soil in place. Plant roots also clean the water as it flows through the ground to the river. Healthy riparian zones support distinct flora and fauna as well as diverse wildlife. The Riparian was created from concrete, inspired by the natural stone that was once quarried from the area.

For more information about The Riparian, visit dublinarts.org and click on the Art in Public Places and Riverboxes tabs.

Dublin Arts Council commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching that 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 locations of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found in the Riverbox listings on this site. Community participants are encouraged to bring a personal journal and an ink stamp, either handmade or commercially produced, as they search for the Riverboxes. 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. The Riverboxes project is part of Dublin Arts Council’s Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River program.

Dates

Purchased: 2014
Installed: 2014

Additional Notes

GPS COORDINATES
N 40° 06.774'
W 083° 06.726'

Dublin Arts Center is located just north of the intersection of Emerald Parkway and Riverside Drive, and south of Hard Road. The arts center is on the west side of Riverside Drive and is a large stone building with a stone sign at the entrance. Plenty of parking is available; check with DAC for hours of operation.

Clues
• Park your car and walk southwest of the building known for the arts.
• Walk toward the tower that once gathered water for plant and animal life on the property.
• Watch your step as you venture down the hill!
• Take a right when you can go no further and walk beneath the tunnel of trees.
• Stop and admire a piece of history on your right.
• Continue your exploration to the base of the steep hill.
• Take a moment to enjoy the river and the wildlife.
• Find The Riparian among the wildlife at the base of the V-shaped tree.

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Categories
Landscape Installation
Address:

Dublin Arts Center grounds
7125 Riverside Dr.
Dublin, Ohio 43016
Franklin County
614-889-7444 (phone)
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