Riverbox of the Sun

Riverbox of the Sun
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Riverbox of the Sun was created by Ron Hirschi and participants in the 2007 Dublin Arts Council Summer Teacher Institute during the “Summer Teacher Institute: Integrated Curriculum and The Ripple Effect.” Hirschi believes in helping communities learn about their environments and giving them the tools to create an environment that thrives. His passion for the art of storytelling allows him to relay science and the environment accurately to children and their parents through his enriching children’s books. Hirschi wrote a story specifically for Riverbox of the Sun to help the reader further understand his vision for the artwork, the value of the environment and to serve as a guide for Riverboxers to make a difference of their own.

For more information about Riverbox of the Sun, visit dublinarts.org and click on the Art in Public Places and Riverboxes tabs.

Dublin Arts Council commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching that 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 locations of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found in the Riverbox listings 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 the Riverboxes. 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.


Purchased: 2007
Installed: 2007

Additional Notes

N 40° 06.763'
W 083° 06.695'

Dublin Arts Center is located just north of the intersection of Emerald Parkway and Riverside Drive, and south of Hard Road. The arts center is on the west side of Riverside Drive and is a large stone building with a stone sign at the entrance. Plenty of parking is available; check with DAC for hours of operation.

Clues by Riverbox artist Ron Hirschi
• To find Riverbox of the Sun, follow the old trail along the river, now paved.
• Your journey along the river trail should lead along the same side as the Salt Creek tributary, the side of the morning sun.
• Morning sun rays might lead you to your next stop. Please park and walk to where art livens Dublin all year long.
• Don’t stop long where the grand old home is now a place of art. Instead, search these grounds up and down and take a leisurely stroll in the direction of the setting sun. Walk down the hill and look to the south.
• Walk a bit along the riverbank and sit by the water’s edge and watch for bluegills and darters, herons and ducks. Once in a while an eagle might fly by.
• Turn from the river’s side and look up the hillside. You will see the leaves that fell to the river. There behind you in the Scioto’s strong currents, tiny insects chomp those leaves. The food web flows downstream. But it all began with the rising sun and you will only need to follow its rays to the base of what was once the grandest tree in sight to find your prize.


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    Landscape Installation
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Name: Ron Hirschi
Statement: Hirschi’s message is firmly rooted in our environment’s interconnectedness. He reminds us that actions have re-actions and therefore, it is extremely important that we take care of our waterways, our wildlife and ourselves.

Ron Hirschi lives on a small island in western Washington and walks the beach most days of the year. As a biologist, he also spends much time on the water, and he brings the excitement of what he learns onto the pages of books for young readers. Ron has written over 50 children's books. His books have been listed as Best Science Trade Books of the year, have won the John Burroughs Nature Book, and have been featured on the PBS television program, Reading Rainbow.
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