Leatherlips, Dublin Arts Council's first Dublin Art in Public Places program project, was created by Boston artist Ralph Helmick. The sculpture, a 12-foot high portrait of the Wyandot Native American Chief Leatherlips, was installed in Scioto Park in 1990. The head is a composite structure of various sizes of native limestone stacked and mortared. The sculpture is open on the top and has stacked stones extending back along its sides, creating a small enclosure that enables visitors a view of the river, the sunset and the amphitheater./
Dublin, Ohio - Public Art projects
Dublin, Ohio is home to a robust collection of public art, thanks to the efforts of the Dublin Arts Council.
From theDublin Arts Council Website:
By creating a collection of public art, Dublin Arts Council's Dublin Art in Public Places program's goal is to enhance the quality of life for Dublin's residents and to strengthen the city as a destination for visitors.
Dublin Arts Council maintains that public art should inspire an emotional response, provoke questions and invite interaction, while encouraging ingenuity and creative discovery by artists. The collection of public artworks distinguishes our community and creates a sense of place while contributing to Dublin's aesthetic legacy.
Many locals refer to the Dancing Hares of Ballantrae Park as the "Bunny Hill" or "Bunny Park". The Hares are up to 24" tall and were commissioned in 2001 by artist Sophie Ryder in her hometown of London, England. She crafted the 24-foot sculptures from metal scraps including pipes, hammers and screws and embedded other everyday household objects in the sculptures to give on-lookers a scavenger hunt while they admire her art.
The Daily Chores sculpture was inspired by Dublin's historic town water pump that sat in the middle of the intersection of Bridge and High streets in the early 1900s. While the pump was a primary source of drinking water for the town, it was also a community gathering place where residents would come together to share news and connect with one another.
The Daily Chores sculpture, at the corner of Bridge and High streets, was dedicated to the community in the spring of 2014.