1989 / Ralph Helmick / Dublin
""Leatherlips,"" the first Art in Public Places project, was created by Boston artist, Ralph Helmick in 1990. The sculpture is a 12-foot high portrait of the Wyandot Native American Chief Leatherlips. The head is a composite structure of various sizes of native limestone stacked and mortared. The head is open on the top and extended back along its sides, ceating a small enclosure which enables visitors a view of the river, the sunset, and the amphitheater. Local history relates that Chief Leatherlips was executed by fellow tribesman at a location very near Scioto Park. Early histories by the white settlers of the time describe the old Chief as intelligent, dignified, and peaceful.