Dublin Arts Council has commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels that are inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching which 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 whereabouts of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found 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 Riverbox locations. 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. Funding and support for Riverboxes has been generously provided by grants from The Dublin Foundation, Honda of America, Target and Washington Township. Ongoing support for Dublin Arts Council is received from the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel bed tax endowment, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The City of Dublin Parks and Open Space Department and the Dublin Historical Society have collaborated with Dublin Arts Council in the project’s development.
Ghost Tree Riverbox was originally created by artist Angelica Pozo in 2007. When the tree in which the artwork was placed became diseased and was removed, Pozo created Ghost Tree Sprout Riverbox, which was installed in 2010.