DUBLIN, Ohio — Dublin Jerome High School juniors Sam Bansal and Josie Miller challenged themselves to create three-dimensional artwork, inspired by Dublin's Scioto Park.
“We really wanted to bring in kind of the water element with our Mer-cyclops, yes the Mer-clops. One of our ideas was to bring in something that was very similar to like a troll under the bridge,” said Miller
Nearly 200 Dublin middle and high school students created two-nand three-dimensional works of art embracing nature, environmental awareness, and indigenous history.
“We visited the park, the two of us one weekend, and we thought it just looked so magical. We wanted to bring some of that magic in our art,” said Bansal.
Ava Morgan is the public art manager for Dublin Arts Council, the group that partnered in the challenge.
“It's a challenge that they have not taken on yet. Public art is a wild beast. You have to think about the elements and installation, creating something that's going to be here through the summer. So they had to think about their materials and how to create an infrastructure that's going to last,” said Morgan.
For Bansal and Miller, their three works of art were created from wire, tin foil, clay and decorated with acrylic paints.
Both said they'll treasure this valuable learning experience and look forward to more next year.
“We were able to create these sculptures which were definitely difficult. It was like a learning curve to figure out how we were going to create the initial structure and build up from there. It definitely made me a better artist especially because we didn't have a lot of experience working with 3-D,” saidBansal.
“We've had this wonderful experience working with the Dublin Arts Council, it would be really cool for the people next year,” says Miller.
The Public Art Challenge sculptures will be on display at Dublin's Scioto Park through Aug. 31.
The park is at 7377 Riverside Dr. in Dublin.