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Cicadas, which must climb trees to exist, directly influenced Todd C. Smith’s Exuvia series, which includes the four sculptures in Dublin’s Coffman Park. Cicadas molt their exoskeletons, leaving their shells in the trees, something that Smith, a LaGrange, Kentucky artist, explores as a physical manifestation of his artistry.

Smith was wrapped in cellophane and packing tape to create a cast, which was then covered in fiberglass cloth and resin to form his own exoskeleton, purposely creating shells (Exuvia) that play with reality.

The installation was brought to Dublin through “Titration2: Park Fiction,” the second phase of Dublin Arts Council’s on-loan outdoor sculpture exhibition series, which was installed in Dublin’s Coffman Park in 2008. The “Park Fiction” theme illustrates the whimsy and human connection to the outdoor recreational spaces in our midst. The exhibition was brought to life through four groupings, ranging from three to more than 50 sculptural elements.

Titration is a common laboratory method used to add a measured quantity of a reagent, called a titrant, into an unknown reagent, called a reactant, to produce a chemical reaction. The exhibition series reflects the fluid properties of its name in the figurative sense: our changing community, our growing collection of public art, and Dublin’s sense of cultural identity. The exhibition dovetailed with the introduction of Riverboxes, another public art initiative that encourages historical and artistic exploration and response to the river in our midst.

For more information about Exuvia, visit dublinarts.org and click on the Art in Public Places tab.


Packing tape
Fiberglass cloth


Purchased: 2008
Installed: 2008



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Todd Smith

As a child, Todd C. Smith climbed trees no more than the average kid. Mostly, he enjoyed drawing and painting. When it came time for college, he chose a small liberal arts school in Massachusetts where he majored in Fine Art. During the day he went to class and refined his drawing and painting skills. At night, however, Smith climbed the trees and buildings on and around campus. In his junior year, he decided to create artworks that presented the world-from-the-trees perspective that he had experienced on his nightly climbs. In 2007, Smith was awarded the Work Exchange Fellowship position at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. In this 400-acre nature sanctuary, Smith began his Dailyclimb project, through which he climbed a tree every day since April 5, 2007.
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