Here in the Hudson Valley, we are always on the lookout for a good excuse to get
outside when the weather is good. If you're looking for a break from the city streets,
we think the picturesque Storm King Art Center is a perfect place to escape for the day.
This open air museum, nestled in the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, is just 60 miles
north of Manhattan. From the NYS Thruway, views of some massive sculptures creep
out above the trees - giving credence to the Center's nickname, the Playground of
The park spans over 500 acres, with more than 100 post war sculptures from well
known, international artists on display. Although it's almost impossible to see it all in
one day, it's certainly a delight to try. There are also full day, or half day bike rentals
for the more ambitious guests. We took the chance to stroll the park on one of the
first warm days of Spring and, as usual, we were enthralled by the place.
Take a look at what we found...
We had admired online images of Mirrored Fence by Allyson Shotz for a long time
before we got to see it in its place, and in person it blew us away. We love the way
this piece can both magnify the landscape around it, and also completely disappear
from view, depending on your vantage point. Definitely one of our all-time favorites!!
Roy Lichtenstein, known for his comic strip inspired pop art, created Mermaid for the
hull and sails of the boat Young America, which raced in the 1995 America’s Cup. After
it was retired from competition, a fundraising effort was mounted to preserve the
yacht and the painting, and to enable Storm King to install it as part of their permanent
The colossal Three Legged Buddha (42'L x 28'H) by Zhang Huan is so massive, and
yet feels remarkably weightless too. It's part of a series of monumental works inspired
by the remnants of sacred Buddhist sculptures destroyed during the Cultural Revolution
that Huan found for sale in Tibetan markets.
Standing in front of this huge steel piece, Broken Obelisk by Barnett Newman, with the
massive obelisk fragment connected to its base by only 2" of steel, brought to mind an
article in Kinfolk we read a few months ago: In Anxious Anticipation. The balance
definitely feels precarious.
Photo via Storm King Art Center
Wave Fields by Maya Lin is, for lack of a better word, very trippy to experience in person.
The swells that range from ten to fifteen feet evoke the feeling of being lost at sea even
though you're standing in a grassy field.
For the monumental piece Luba, Ursula von Rydingsvard stacked 4x4 cedar posts, cut
into them with a saw, and rubbed graphite onto some of the surface to emphasize
shadows and depth. The slender end of the appendage is made of bronze. The effect
We recommend good walking shoes (seriously) and packing a picnic lunch or
enjoying an afternoon snack at the cafe located near the entrance. If you're
driving, Woody's Farm to Table located about 15 minutes away in Cornwall has
amazing burgers and milkshakes! For more information on Storm King including
directions, hours, modes of transportation check out their website here.