Are you ready to have your jaw drop in complete awe? We know what it takes and the Storm King Art Center is one of New York’s secret jems.
Thomas Houseago, Sleeping Boy I, 2012. Private collection, London. © Thomas Houseago.
The secret is this magical 500-acre park in the lower Hudson Valley filled with more than 100 outdoor rock, wooden, and iron sculptures by the most important artists of the last two centuries. It is like nothing you have seen before, don’t take our word for it and go check it out! Our favorite is Andy Goldsworthy’s “Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wall”, (2010) which was thought and made for this specific site. As its name indicates, it is a wall that starts by zigzagging around the trees only to dive into the river and come out on the opposite side (if you are really curious, see more info about the artist, how he works and his relationship with nature on this movie> http://bit.ly/1cSeE1g
Another children’s favorite is David Brooks’s “A proverbial machine in the garden”, which will be there only until the end of this season on December 1st, although it involved getting a 1970s tractor completely underground. You can bring your own picnic or have regular or vegetarian chili for around $10.
Name: Storm King Art Center
Address: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
How to get there: Coach USA (Short Line Bus) offers two different day packages to Storm King, leaving from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. & 8th Ave. on the 3rd Floor) in New York City. Please visit www.coachusa.com or call 800-631-8405.
Phone: (845) 534-3115
Price: Adults $12; Students (K-12) $8; Children under 5 Free
Tip: Wear warm and comfortable clothes. You can rent bikes to get around although they are pretty expensive; don’t bring your own, they are not allowed!