Terra Studios Art Park defies description. We can tell you that it’s beautiful, or whimsical, or magical, or even quirky, but it is a place that is truly brought to life by the imagination of our artists and our visitors. It is the most memorable must-see, must-do experience of any visit to the Northwest Arkansas region. Our Art Park is a magical place, where you can step into a wonderland of art, whimsy, and creativity.
We maintain ten beautiful acres studded with sculpture gardens, murals, sparkling glass, fantasy creatures and peaceful fountains. Some sculptures will inspire awe and some will unquestionably make you grin. The fountains may contain fish or fabled dragons or simply the sparkling sound of moving water. Over one hundred artists have contributed to this one-of-a-kind art park. Some of the art is interactive, like the giant chalk “Wonderwall” where everyone is invited to create a masterpiece. Other art installations are meant to be admired, like “Styx and Stones” a 10’ by 40’ mural. Then, there are the magical creatures that inhabit Terra Studios, like “Terrance the Dragon,” who can become part of your own personal fairytale.
Come visit this wonderland of art in the Arkansas hills. Stroll the paths and enjoy their quiet beauty, or sit by the pond, watch the fish, and be soothed by the sounds of the living landscape. Move into the heart of our seven-channel stone labyrinth and experience a rare serenity. Take memorable photographs while playing a game of Giant Chess or Checkers or challenge yourself or your children with our scavenger hunt. Terra Studios Art Park will be sure to inspire and delight you.
Terra Studios Labyrinth: If you have not experienced the peace and stillness evoked by walking a Labyrinth, Terra is a wonderful place to start. Those already familiar with the experience will appreciate the beauty of our classical 7-channel outdoor labyrinth, constructed of standing slabs of Wedington Limestone.
What is a Labyrinth? The Labyrinth Society gives us this definition: “A labyrinth is a single path (or unicursal tool) for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation.” Full-sized, walk-able Labyrinths provide a non-denominational spiritual path for meditative reflection.
Walking the winding, twisting folds allows a tranquil state to emerge, where we can release our typical straight-line directional orientation and allow our minds to wander, while continually proceeding towards an unmoving center. Many see this as a metaphor for introspection and centering, and a concrete tool useful in seeking stillness, gratitude or transformation.
Traditionally labyrinths have been used for both personal and group “walking prayer” or meditation and the Terra Laybryinth is a popular destination for church groups.
Recently, science has validated the use of labyrinths for a number of therapeutic uses including PTSD and stroke recovery. Across the U.S. many medical facilities, including VA hospitals, are implementing and studying labyrinths. It is thought that as you walk and turn right and left repeatedly, your focus shifts back and forth, stimulating and enhancing communication between the two hemispheres of the brain.
Michael and Jason Ward, (grandsons of Terra’s founders,) worked very hard throughout the summer of 2003 so that visitors to Terra Studios could have the opportunity to walk a full-sized traditional labyrinth.
For more information about labyrinths, please see The Labyrinth Society an international organization whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation.