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The playground and forest classroom designed by terra firma is pushing forward. Renaud Industries bagan demolition last week, and did the entire job as a gift to the community and school. Read the Seacoast Online article here: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180824/forest-classroom-coming-to-portsmouth-school

Portsmouth's Chamber of Commerce awarded Terrence the 'Citizen of the Year' award at the Street.life! event and celebration that they held last month. Read the article here: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180802/streetlife-event-celebrates-portsmouths-west-end-arts

Terrence Parker presented his sculpture concept to the Portsmouth City Council after being awarded the majority of the budget on the first ever “1% for the arts” commission at the new Foundry Parking Garage in Portsmouth, NH. This sculpture refers to the long history of industrial development and innovation in the area on the south side of the North Mill Pond adjacent to the existing railroad tracks. The sculptural elements consist of 3 giant steel hammer-heads working with an oversized steel pulley wheel and railroad tracks. The history of Portsmouth’s forges and foundries that made hand-tools and the machines powering the industrial revolution is made relevant by the use of the iconic hammer, which resembles a human figure when detached from its handle. This interpretive sculpture captures the zeitgeist of the work experience of former and current circumstances.

Foundry Garage Finalist

February 25, 2018

Terrence's conceptual design for the Foundry Garage art installation was chosen as one of five finalists/ Visit http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180212/portsmouth-parking-garage-art-project-finalists-named to learn more about the project and the design finalists. His submission can be viewed here: http://art-speak.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Proposal-D-Hammer-Concept.pdf

The FireCage series, designed by Terrence Parker, landscape artist, puts the heat back in the fire and the atmosphere in the gathering a fire can create. Built like it was conceived and constructed in the Dark Ages, these sculptural devices cage the fire when in-use and rekindle the memory of the flame when idle. Wood Stacks easy. Burns hot. The hand-forged steel by master Portsmouth blacksmith—Peter Happny--who is an innovative leader in contemporary blacksmithing--bends and hammers the steel to his will. All models are built for decades of use: think long-term Infrastructure. Real fire-Contained. Like the first ancient spark. https://atmosfirecages.com/

The StoneBale recently won an Honorable Mention in the 6th Annual "Nature" Art Exhibition by Light Space & Time online art gallery. The StoneBale was chosen from 814 entries from around the world. The Honorable Mention award was in the 3 Dimensional Art Category. See the StoneBale featured alongside the other winners by visiting: https://www.lightspacetime.com/nature-2016-art-exhibition-3d-art-category/

AIANH Award

February 17, 2016

McHenry Architecture earned an Honorable Mention Award for 3S Artspace from AIANH Excellence in Architecture Design Awards for 3S Artspace. Terra firma is proud to have worked on this project with the whole team, including Summit Engineering, and Wright-Ryan Construction. Congratulations to McHenry Architecture!

Found, sculpted, and cast. The Being has been completed. See the video of the completed sculpture.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Each year American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter holds a People's Choice Awards program. The winners are selected from all of the submissions to the Design Awards program and are voted on through the AIANH website. 2015 commercial category winner: Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton. Project: Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, NH Architect: McHenry Architecture Portsmouth, NH Construction Manager: Harvey Construction Corp., Bedfored, NH Landscape Architect: Terra Firma Landscape Architecture, Portsmouth, NH

In the January-February issue of New Hampshire Home, Terrence was interviewed for a featured article, What's good design? Terrence is quoted as saying “I craft spaces that harmonize with plant materials and forms that catch the light. I structure the landscape for use,” he says. “I’m the guy who blends the interior with the exterior.”

Earlier in the year a client requested I develop ideas for sculpture on a very large tract land composed of rolling fields that is cut for hay, rolled hay. The undulations of this land create a quintessential beauty that defines the local community. This meadow is seen as a cultural landmark.

"I haven't seen anything like this since I left England. I feel like I am back in the English Countryside." As the winter season approaches, one of terra firma's on-going projects is progressing steadily. Terra firma's design of a unique brick garden wall that frames the front yard perennial beds for this seacoast residence has come to completion.

Terra Firma Relocates!

November 12, 2014

Terra firma landscape architecture has moved into a new office in Portsmouth. We are now at 163A Court Street. Come by and see our new space, now located closer to Downtown.

PechaKucha 11/5/14

October 31, 2014

Terrence Parker is speaking at Seacoast Repertory Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m..

Construction on the Lydia Valdez Memorial has been completed at the Little Harbour School in Portsmouth!

An article about the Lydia Valdez Memorial at Little Harbour School was published to Seacoast Online earlier today, featuring an interview with Terrence Parker about the memorial design. Read the article here: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140414-NEWS-404140316

Terra firma landscape architecture is in the process of designing a memorial garden at the Little Harbor School in Portsmouth, NH for 9 year old cancer victim, Lydia Valdez.

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