The Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda

Enter the world of Helen Martins, an outsider artist, at The Owl House. Martins engaged in creating a visionary environment in the house she inherited and in which she spent years nursing her dying parents. Inspired by Biblical texts, William Blake’s poetry, and oriental art, she transformed the house that was once her prison into a work of art. Notice the sign in the garden saying "This is My World," standing among 300 statues of mostly camels, owls, and people. The colorfully decorated interior features sparkling walls and ceilings covered in ground glass--Helen’s signature technique. Put The Owl House and other Nieu-Bethesda attractions into our Nieu-Bethesda journey maker app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very interesting information regarding a remarkable lady and all the arts and crafts that were created and constructed.  more »
  • The owl house is an interesting place with great sculptures but had no contextual information about Helen or her art. The ticket price includes only access to the premises and no tour or additional...  more »
  • To see and feel how lonely Helen must have been. My heart felt very heavy because I'm sure she did not get any sympathy. Light and colour were important to her. Wish I just could hug her and sat and hear her life story from herself. Will definitely go back again!
  • Very interesting place. The garden is full of interesting cement sculptures and the house offers a unique insight into the life of the artist. Well worth the stop. We all felt inspired after the visit.
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