Caementum Charta II Riverbox was created by artist Thomas Ansel in 2014, was re-created in 2019 and is located in Donegal Cliffs Park.
- Park in the lot next to where the children play.
- Pass through the manicured upper park and through the gate down the road to the river.
- Pass the circular bench, fire pit and river trail on the right.
- Continue to the loop in the road.
- Continue northward onto the unpaved path and walk forward several paces. If you’re nearing a dark fence, you’ve gone too far!
- Look to the west for a small natural path.
- Head toward the Donegal Cliffs and find the skyward face in a small clearing.
Artist and Credits:
A general arts major at Ohio University, Ansel works with a variety of mediums. His artwork explores the relationship between classical aesthetics and the found-art recycling culture. His influences include Duchamp and Michaelangelo.
Caementum Charta Riverbox was inspired by Donegal Cliffs’ past, present and future. Once a functioning limestone quarry, the site is now a wooded area along the Scioto River – although it remains a piece of Dublin’s history. The strategic placement of this Riverbox offers future generations the discovery of a historic spot. The artist shares his message of past, present and future through his use of natural materials. The stone symbolizes the quarry’s past, while the wood represents the present. The artist states, “…my wish is that each viewer is left with an epitaph for the possibilities of our culture past, present and future.”
Reconstruction elements, added in 2019, were intentionally left by the artist in a creative statement about the artwork’s rebirthing process.
Take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to the history, then look toward the future and all of its possibilities.
Many thanks to geocacher Mr. 0 for helping us list Caementum Charta on Geocaching.com.