The Jim Bob Art Park & Nature Trails is an ongoing, unfinished project. This is a very rural sculpture garden and wildlife habitat located on Bisbee family property in the "breaks" region of Knox County on the outskirts of Benjamin, Texas. Nature trails and wildlife habitat projects are in the beginning stages. The goal is to bring together contemporary sculpture in a rugged, challenging, yet strikingly beautiful environment and then invite visitors to become more informed about the art, native plant life and native wildlife.

The park is named after my father who died in 2003. He grew up in Benjamin, Texas, went to college at the University of Texas in Austin and then joined the military. He stayed out of harm’s way during World War II because he was in the finance department. I suspect no one wanted the officer signing checks to be killed in a fire fight. His name was James Robert Bisbee. Most who knew my dad, knew him as Jim or James, but in Benjamin, he was Jim Bob. When I decided to name the park after him, it seemed appropriate to use his Benjamin nickname.

The Jim Bob Art Park & Nature Trails
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Lasse Ohlsson at entrance to park

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View of the "breaks" looking north (1)
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Directional signs among spring flowers.
Penelope Bisbee The Jim Bob Art Park & Nature Trails Found metal
Rusty
2003
Found metal

Artist: Jackie Berry
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Rusty (detail)
2003
Found metal

Artist: Jackie Berry
Penelope Bisbee The Jim Bob Art Park & Nature Trails concrete
Shaman Instruments
2007
concrete

Artist: Mark Collop
Penelope Bisbee The Jim Bob Art Park & Nature Trails Concrete
Shaman Instruments (detail)
2007
Concrete

Artist: Mark Collop
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Kevin Curry, independent curator, Arlington, Texas, near entrance of the park.
June 15, 2013
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Installing rain guzzler in a gentle rain.
June 15, 2013
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Newly-installed rain guzzler in hog proof pen.
Installed June 15, 2013.
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Robert Bisbee and Greg Bisbee installing Currie Quail Feeder
July 27, 2013
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Sunflowers near wheat field
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Tiny tree with mud coating. Ant tunnels?
June 15, 2013
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View of the "breaks" looking north (2)
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View of the "breaks" looking northeast
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Mesquite trees at northern edge of park
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Spring Flowers 1
March 2012
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Spring Flowers 2
March 2012
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Spring Flowers 3
March 2012
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John Rath (Art Park Trail Master) at western edge of park.
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Pink cloud prior to sunset at southern edge of park
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Sunset at western edge
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"Rusty"
2004
Found Metal
Jackie Berry
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