Hudson Valley

Sculptures Galore: Storm King Art Center

May 28, 2013
Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

What does this piece mean to you?

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.

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

A horse that I couldn’t quite figure out how to ride

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.

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring


Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

It was fun spotting this fence from far away and then realizing the whole thing was a mirror 🙂

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

I really cannot tell you how that thing stays up.

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.

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

Super sweet twisty wall

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:

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

“I see a foot! Come on, let’s go see what the rest of it is!”

And make no mistake, the fantastical art will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

The Three Legged Buddha, of course!

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Not sure I’d be standing under there on a super windy day…

This next one was interactive. A hammer lay underneath, and a few bangs and whams created quite the gong effect:

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

That shadow line in the foreground is the stick upon which Andy’s camera is perched!

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.

Storm King - Sweet and Savoring

Does this remind anyone else of Six Feet Under?

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.]

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  • Andy Milford May 31, 2013 at 9:14 am

    A great day for sure!
    When are we going back? 🙂
    Andy Milford recently posted…Art Show – June 1stMy Profile

    • Christy May 31, 2013 at 10:06 am


      p.s. what would I do without your techie expertise?

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What a fun day! The sculptures are amazing! We have something similar about an hour away from us. We’ve gone there several times. Some of the sculptures are so cool…we love going!

    • Christy May 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

      It really was amazing- can’t believe I’d never been there before. And that’s so awesome that you have a similar place!

  • bp June 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Great day trip. Outdoor sculptures on those rolling hills…Quite spectacular. Thanks for sharing, I have yet to visit your area! You need to go again & again!

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