Storm King Art Center
the most important site for Modern Sculpture in the world, Storm King Art Center sits quietly and
serenely down a small two lane country road almost hidden
from public view. As you whiz up the Thruway, you might
notice a few odd looking metal assemblages over in a
field, or if you are carefully looking you might see
a row of columns perched on the top of a hill. But you'll
probably just wonder what they are and forget about
them a couple of miles down the road.
Well, don't just wonder, get off the
Thruway and go find out! You'll be pleased you did!
Make sure to take the time to visit
Storm King Art Center for one of the most enthralling
experiences in art. Storm King consists of 500 acres
of manicured lawns, groves of trees and carefully developed
vistas. Within this manicured landscape stand monumental
sculptures, large pieces that can only be appreciated
in a large setting. Some created just for Storm King,
all created by Modern Masters, these sculptures form
a unique collection in the world. Storm King celebrates
the relationship between sculpture and nature. The exhibition
space is defined by the landscape and limited only by
the sky. Unencumbered by walls, the flow of space is
punctuated by sculpture with the pieces affected by
the changing light and weather, your experience of them
changes as the day changes. Brilliant yellow metal sobers
in the late afternoon sunlight to a rich golden color.
Massive marble creations transform as the play of shadows
dance across their undulating surfaces. As you stand
atop a hill and gaze into the distance through rows
of carefully planted trees, large structures spring
up from the fields demanding your attention but softened
into the landscape.
Because of this interplay between
the landscape, the sky and the sculpture, no two visits
to Storm King are ever the same. On a brilliant clear
day you can stand in one spot and admire dozens of master
works. On a cloudy and foggy day, you wander through
the mists being surprised as giant works disolve out
of the vapor. Sunny days highlight the colors and interplay
of shadows. Cloudy or rainy days highlight the forms
and masses and relationships between works and the rolling
hills. Each visit is a unique experience and each visit
is a pleasurable journey into the mind of the artist.
For a single admission price, (not
the cheapest place in the Valley to visit), you can
wander the grounds as much as you like. You can spend
hours on the trails, pathways and roads experiencing
the works from every angle. As you wander the grounds,
one piece is put into the background of another, then
brought forward with other works setting the context
in the distance. The relationships between pieces and
spatial connections combine with the sky the weather
and the landscape to provide an ever kelidascope of
Plan on spending several hours at
a minimum on your visit to Storm King Art Center. If
you are unfamiliar with modern sculpture, take one of
the docent guided tours showing the highlights of the
collection. It's a pleasurable entry into the subject
in the best location for the subject. Or armed with
an excellent map and brochure, strike out on your own
into the world of Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Lousie
Nevelson and dozens of other Modern Masters.
Although not the only way to get to
Storm King Art Center, unless you are armed with an
excellent map, make sure you are on Route 32 heading
north out of Harriman or south out of Newburgh/Vails
Gate. If you are coming north from Harriman, you will
go past the old 4 Star factory and drive along the Moodna
Creek and over an old iron bridge. Just past the bridge
you make a left onto Orrs Mills Road. From the north,
you will come out of Vails Gate heading south and go
down a long hill with the road being three lanes, your
way only one lane. At the bottom of this hill you will
make a right onto Orrs Mils Road. Once on Orrs Mills
Road, just follow the blue and white signs to Storm
King Art Center.
April thru September - Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 am
– 5:30 pm. Also open during first half of November.
Open until 8pm most Saturdays during season.
Adults $`10, Senior Citizens (65 and older) $9, College
Students (with valid id) $9, Students (K-12) $7, Children
under 5 FREE.