Dublin, Ohio: Men Hanging Onto Trees

Todd Smith turned his body into art by covering it with fiberglass and resin, then hanging the hollow shells as if they are climbing trees in a local park.

Coffman Park

Address:
5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH
Directions:
Exuvia Recreation Center at Coffman Park US-33/OH-161 west. Exit 107 Avery-Muirfield Drive. Head north. Turn east onto Post Rd. At the intersection of Post Rd and Commerce Pkwy follow Post Rd to the east .You will see a parking lot on the south side of the road, across the street from the Watch House. Park here, cross the bridge east of Watch House and the first sculpture is across the creek on the southeast corner. From here you can walk east to find the other two, or you can drive to the parking lot of the playground just east of the first sculpture.
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Artist Todd Smith sculpture.

Men Hanging Onto Trees

Artist Todd Smith installed three sculptures in Coffman Park in 2008. They are called "Exuvia", which is the scientific term used for the exoskeletons left behind when an insect sheds its skin. Smith enjoyed climbing trees as a child, and his art is based on seeing cicada skeletons in the trees. He covers himself with cellophane and packing tape, and then covers that with fiberglass cloth and resin. Once it hardens he is able to escape and a hollow shell is left behind. He has attached these to three separate trees in the park.

The best address to use to find them is 5600 Post Road, which is the address of the Dublin Recreation Center in the park. One sculpture is located in a tree southeast of the rec center, near the bridge crossing the creek. It is also northeast of the Watch House sculpture just south of the creek. The next sculpture is to the east of this one, just past the playground on the south side of the road. The third sculpture is east of this one, near another bridge crossing the creek. A good way to find them is to look for small white signs which are located near each tree.

The best season to see them is fall or winter, when there are no leaves on the trees. They can be harder to see in the spring and summer.

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