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Monarch SCulpture parK


Monarch Sculpture Park is open to the public, dawn to dusk daily!

Monarch Sculpture Park is walk in and bike in, with no vehicular access to the public on park grounds. There are several locations close by to park on the Chehalis Western Trail and walk the short distance to the park via the trail.

Dogs are welcome but MUST be ON LEASH. Please pick up after your animal.

Many thanks are in order to the various groups and volunteers that made their voices heard about how much this park means to this community. Your participation, hard work, commitment, and financial support over the years have made this possible. 

Major restorations are currently underway in the park but we’d love for you to enjoy the grounds and be part of the process as we bring this magical place back to life.


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Monarch is only possible through your donations.  Thank you so much for your support.

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Monarch Sculpture Park is a contemporary outdoor sculpture park and center for the arts.


The grounds are open to the public - daily from dawn to dusk.


Located in Thurston County near Tenino, Washington, the park is designated as a primitive park with walk in bike in access from the Chehalis Western Trail.  The park will continue its legacy of fine art and sculpture in nature.


Nestled in the heart of Thurston County prairie lands, just a few miles south of Olympia, Monarch is a part of the Thurston County Bountiful Byways project.  It's neighbors include the internationally renowned Wolf Haven and the Great Wolf Lodge.

Monarch Sculpture Park is located at 8431 Waldrick Rd SE, Tenino, WA.

Mailing address: PO BOX 1125, Tenino, WA, 98589



Many thanks to the Luckman family for graciously donating a large selection of Luckman's work to the Monarch Sculpture Park permanent collection. These works are  featured along the loop trail around the maze.


Stewart was the beloved husband of Marilyn V. Luckman for 60 years and the beloved father of Sean Stewart Luckman, Bainbridge Island, WA, and Nils Konrad Luckman, Edgewood, WA.

Born in Fitchburg, MA., on May 12, 1938, Stewart spent his early years in Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia), where his parents served as missionaries and built the first Leprosarium Hospital in East Africa.  He graduated from Stonybrook Preparatory High School in New York, Bethel University, and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Upon graduating from Bethel University, he taught high school government and coached football and track at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, married Marilyn Swanson in 1962.  Later both returned to Minnesota, where Stu graduated from the University of Minnesota with an MFA in Sculpture. This career move sent Stu on an entirely new journey and trajectory, with the visual arts becoming the center-piece of his life. 

He retired from Bethel University in 1998 as Professor Emeritus of Sculpture.

 After retiring, Luckman moved to San Juan Island in Washington, where he served as Director of the SJIMA Sculpture Park (San Juan Islands Museum of Art). Stewart also worked with his wife Marilyn to establish IMA, the Islands Museum of Art on San Juan Island.


Stewart Oswald Luckman - May 12th, 1938 - November 24th, 2020



Gary Word - The Sense

“The Sense” is a larger-than-life sculpture inspired from the artist’s study of great sculptors from the 18th century. The artist, Gary Word, is a native of Olympia. In 1965, this precocious then twelve-year-old artist created the piece in three months in the family garage. The 950-pound piece was moved to the front yard of the family property, where it remained a symbolic beginning of Gary’s career as an artist.

In 1980, Gary added the wooden structure visible in the images as a means of protecting the piece. The basic form of the armature is shaped metal mesh and steel rebar, which was fashioned using a layering process of concrete and mortar materials. A clear triple coat epoxy has been applied to protect, enduring the weather elements and vandalism.

The Word family has dedicated much time as public servants, including members’ serving as Fire Commissioner and both paid and volunteer staff at the McClain Fire Department. The family has business owners in and are strong supporters of the community. In this spirit, the artist wishes to donate the piece to the sculpture park so that it may be appreciated by the widest possible audience of community members.

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