The Riparian Riverbox was created by artist Nathan Mayfield in 2014 and is located on Dublin Arts Center’s grounds.
- 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.
Artist and Credits:
Artist Nathan Mayfield is earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at The University of Akron. 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.”
The Riparian Riverbox was inspired by 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.