Access to the Scioto River has been identified as a high priority for the citizens of Dublin. In order to inspire use of the local parks and art venues along the river, the Dublin Arts Council created a project entitled Ripple Effect. The project was inspired by letterboxing (or geocaching), which is a mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation and the exploration of interesting, scenic and sometimes remote places. With the use of clues and navigational information, community members and their families can enjoy the scenic views of the Scioto River and six artistic expressions along the way.
The artists display their creative works in Riverboxes at each of the six stops along the adventure. Each Riverbox contains a unique artistic stamp with an ink pad and a journal or notebook. Explorers each have their own stamp and journal, and once they locate a Riverbox, they can mark their stamp in the Riverbox journal, and vice versa. Not only are participants experiencing this artistic talent, but they are being educated on their journey together. These unique artworks serve to foster a sense of exploration and satisfy the community’s interest in the river.
The Dublin Foundation supported this new addition to the community because it provided another source for enjoying local arts while educating the public. Ripple Effect provides a distinctive and artistic expedition through the Dublin community.