Crystal Bridges Trail

Length: 1 -1/2 miles

Surface: hard surface, walking and biking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope

Part of the City of Bentonville Trail System, Crystal Bridges Trail connects the Museum’s south entrance with downtown Bentonville via the Art Trail. The trail begins at NE 3rd street near the Downtown Square, and culminates at NE A Street at the northern edge of the Museum grounds, near the trailheads for Slaughter Pen Hollow. Crystal Bridges Trail features a beautiful walk through Compton Gardens, a mountain bike trail, and an overlook area where guests can view the Museum campus from the ridge above.

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Art on the Crystal Bridges Trail

Group of Bears by Paul Manship
Paul Manship Group of Bears 2010 modeled 1932, cast ca. 1999 Bronze 88 x 72 x 56 in., 2200 lb. (223.5 x 182.9 x 142.2 cm, 997.9 kg)In 1929, Paul Manship began work on a huge bronze gateway filled with animal figures for the Bronx Zoo. He sculpted these bears as part of that design, which was never executed. Manship later combined three individual bears on a single base to form Group of Bears. This casting was produced from the original mold after Manship’s death by his son, John Manship.
Tour de Apple Tree by George Dombek
George Dombek (born 1944) Tour de Apple Tree 2010 Bronze 144 x 116 x 116 in. (365.8 x 294.6 x 294.6 cm)Copyright © George Dombek, 2010. Photography by Edward C. Robison III. It takes a sharp eye to spot George Dombek’s Tour de Apple Tree, a cast bronze sculpture of an apple tree bearing branches and twigs in the form of a bicycle. Primarily known as a painter working in watercolor, Dombek was born in Paris, Arkansas, and now divides his time between studios in Brooklyn and the Arkansas Ozarks.
Grains of Sand by Robert Tannen
Robert Tannen Grains of Sand 2011 Native stoneGrains of Sand, by conceptual artist Robert Tannen, encourages exploration of the Museum grounds, in a kind of sculpture scavenger hunt. Fifteen Arkansas boulders of native limestone and sandstone are placed along the trails. The title, Grains of Sand, and the boulders themselves, refer to the ancient sedimentary rock in the Ozarks.
A Place Where They Cried by Grains of Sand by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr
Pat Musick and Jerry Carr A Place Where They Cried 2010 Native stone 76 x 672 x 864 in. (193 x 1706.9 x 2194.6 cm)A Place Where They Cried is a tribute to thousands of Native Americans who perished during the forced migrations of Indian Removal on the so-called “Trail of Tears” (1837–1839). Using the natural setting as a backdrop, the artists organized a processional formation of human-scale monoliths of native stone that appear to travel the terrain with stoic quietude.
Tortoise and Hare by Nancy Schön (born 1928)
Nancy Schön (born 1928)
Tortoise and Hare
Tortoise: 29 x 29 x 60 in., 340 lb. (73.7 x 73.7 x 152.4 cm, 154.2 kg)
Hare: 36 x 24 x 29 in., 260 lb. (91.4 x 61 x 73.7 cm, 117.9 kg)