Works by Dublin students on display at Scioto Park

Four works of public art made by the hands of over 200 students from Dublin City Schools will remain on display until August at Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive.

Students from Davis and Karrer College Dublin and students from Coffman, Jerome and Scioto High Schools have enrolled in the Emerald Campus International Baccalaureate Arts Program, in conjunction with the Dublin Arts Council.

“Not all communities have these kinds of partnerships. We are blessed and lucky and hope this is just the start,” Dublin Superintendent John Marschhausen said.

In January, the Dublin Arts Council challenged Dublin students to create temporary works of art inspired by Scioto Park.

Over the next four months, the students created the four artworks and a field notebook describing how each artwork was inspired and created.

Artwork on display at Scioto Park includes “Fisherman’s Day at the Park,” by Davis Middle School; “Lady by the Water” and “Murkclops, Fungi & Woodland Twig”, each by a separate class in the International Baccalaureate Program at Emerald Campus, and “More than Man-Made” by Karrer Middle School.

“We are confident that this work will impress all who visit and play (at Scioto Park),” said Dave Guion, executive director of the Dublin Arts Council.

The project is part of the Dublin Arts Council’s Arts and Wellbeing initiative, but the collaboration with students making temporary works of art for display in Scioto Park was the first of its kind.

“We weren’t sure what to expect since it was the first time, but the students fully embraced it. They worked as a team to create and install the art,” said Ava Morgan, public arts manager for the Dublin Arts Council.

“We hope (our project) will help people connect with each other and the community,” said Anya Zhang, a junior from Dublin Jerome High School in the International Bachelor of Arts program.

Zhang’s class created “Lady by the Water”, a cement, clay and fabric artwork that pays homage to the Native Americans who once occupied the lands along the Scioto River in present-day Dublin.

The figure’s kneeling position demonstrates the pain and weakness caused by pollution while the flowers growing from her hands symbolize hope for a cleaner future, according to the artist’s statement in the field book.

Sam Bansal, a Jerome junior also in the International Baccalaureate Art program, said she hopes her class project, “Murkclops, Fungi & Woodland Twig,” will inspire people to explore the environment near the river.

Each figure personifies an element of the natural world, including wood, water and earth, according to the field book.

“The Fishingtons’ Day at the Park” is inspired by local Dublin history, including families who fished along the banks of the River Scioto, according to the field notebook.

Eric Cacioppo, an art teacher at Davis Middle School, said that while the project has certainly honed his students’ artistic skills, an even greater benefit is a sense of community from seeing their artwork exhibited in a public park for all to enjoy.

Addie Cacioppo, 6, looks over

“More than Man-Made” is inspired by an Osage orange tree like Scioto Park, according to the field notebook.

The Field Notebook is available from six art boxes in Dublin, including Scioto Park, as well as from the Dublin Arts Council office, but can also be viewed digitally at dublinarts.org.

Art box locations are also listed on the website.

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