7377 Riverside Drive
Scioto Park is located on Riverside Drive, north of Route 161 and Emerald Parkway and just south of Hard Road. There is ample parking in both the upper and lower levels of this park.
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Big Turtle Riverbox is currently off view. Check back periodically to find out when it will be reinstalled. The artist is expected to begin work on the repair in late-spring 2020.
Big Turtle Riverbox was created by artist Margaret McAdams in 2007 and is located in Scioto Park. The sculpture was recreated in 2016 after being damaged.
The Scioto River was a natural travel route for the Native Americans between the Ohio River and Lake Erie. What we now call Riverside Drive and Dublin Road were once trails used by Native Americans and later by settlers. The Wyandot Indians were prevalent in the Dublin area and did not live here but camped, hunted and traveled along the river and trails to and from their primary village in what we now call Upper Sandusky. Ancient Indian cultures called Hopewells built a ceremonial mound in the vicinity of Scioto Park. Just about a mile north of Scioto Park was the location of the great Wyandot Chief Leatherlips’ encampment before he was executed in 1810. A grave marker is located on Riverside Drive, about a mile north of the park on the right side of the road.
Inspired by the Huron tribe’s creation myth, found here.
- Enter the top of the park and follow the road down toward the river.
- Go around a tree to park in the land of the humans, next to the land of the animals.
- Pass through the man-made southern shelter house.
- Continue downstream 20 paces and look away from the water to spy a man-made concrete pad.
- From the concrete pad, face up hill and walk 10 paces at a 45 degree angle.
- Look to your left at the base of the largest tree.
Artist and Credits:
Margaret McAdams of Kingston, Ohio is a Professor of Art at Ohio University-Chillicothe. McAdams received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, and is proficient in a variety of media, including ceramics, photography, installation and drawing. She has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally, and in 2005 was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship.
In her statement regarding the Riverboxes project, McAdams writes, “As a professor at a university in rural south-central Ohio, I laud any opportunity to impact the arts in the Appalachian community where I live, whether as an artist or as an ambassador of the arts. Although Dublin is fifty miles north, the Scioto River links our communities, both metaphorically and literally. I can only anticipate the enriching experience this project will afford.” Philosophically, McAdams is also interested in the river. She writes, “The river represents direction, continuity, movement, flow and passage.”
Artist Margaret McAdams’ inspiration came from ancient Native American legends. The legend in direct relation to her riverbox, “Big Turtle,” was passed on from the Wyandot tribe that once resided in the area.
Central Ohio is rich in Native American history and it’s fitting that McAdams chose to recognize and acknowledge the importance of this strong heritage. Native American myths and legends are not only a link to the past, they are magical stories that challenge our perspectives, are entrenched in meaning, lessons and history.