Last week, we took a long-awaited afternoon drive down to Storm King Art Center, in Orange County, NY. Somehow, despite living in the Hudson Valley for the better part of seven years, I had never been to Storm King– but now that I have, I can totally recommend going! It’s a beautiful non-profit sculpture park spread out over meadows, woods, and rolling hills.
Oh, and all the art installations are huge.
What’s also fun about these sculptures is that with the size, you almost get funny optical illusions depending on how close you are to each one. From far away it looks like one thing, and as you get up close and underneath it, the installation takes on a totally different form. The hills, trees, and ponds also played a part, since the artists designed and placed each one purposely to juxtapose with its natural surroundings.
We only said Hey, let’s go to Storm King now. Why not? about halfway through the day, and since it takes almost an hour to drive there, we didn’t exactly have a crazy amount of time at the park. This is one of those places you will want to wander around aimlessly, with no time restraints and ideally comfortable shoes- there is a lot of terrain to cover.
You might be ogling up at some crazy monstrosity of a sculpture, and then look over your shoulder and see something amazingly eye-catching in the distance. That thing might even be…a foot:
And make no mistake, the fantastical art will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
This next one was interactive. A hammer lay underneath, and a few bangs and whams created quite the gong effect:
Believe it or not, these photos are only a small fraction of the art to see at Storm King. I still haven’t seen whole chunks of the park.
But what I did see, I loved. I’m so happy to have experienced another wonderful spot in the Hudson Valley (plus it’s only an hour north of NYC for all you cityfolk!), and I’m excited for next time, when we plan to spend a whole day there.
Look out for another Storm King post coming up in June!
Do you have a favorite arty park or museum near you? I’d love to hear about a memorable outing you’ve had lately! As always, I appreciate you stopping by- and I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.
[All photos in this post taken by Andy Milford. See more of his work here.]