“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” John Lubbock, Sr
Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007
Louise Nevelson … City On the High Mountain 1983
Henry Moore, Reclining Connected Forms 1969
Alexander Calder, Knobs & Gui Mistletoe, 1976
Chakaia Booker, A Moment in Time 2004
I’ve always loved art; particularly what is often referred to as installation art - huge three dimensional pieces that sit indoors as interior installations or outdoors as land art. I’ve showcased a few highly regarded installation artists on this blog; Yinka Shonibare MBE, Choi Jeong Hwa, and Do-Ho Suh and, today, I paid a return visit to the Storm King Art Center to photograph and share some of their beautiful art installations with everyone.
Ursula von Rydingsvard, LUBA 2009-10
Alexander Calder, Five Swords 1976
Emilio Greco, The Tall Bather, 1956
Alexander Calder, Black Flag 1974
Part of the beauty of Storm King Art Center is its expansive and majestic 500 acres located in the Bear Mountain area of New York. It is about one hour north of New York City, in New Windsor, in the Hudson Valley region. When my twins were younger, we used to take trips up there and let them run around the undulating hills and play amongst the art installations. Those were fun days and we would chill out and enjoy the art. Life got busy and I hadn’t been back. Today was sweet and a time to walk around, see the new stuff and revisit old friends; Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Chakaia Booker, Mark di Suvero, Alexander Lieberman and Louise Nevelson. I did see the new 5+5: New Perspectives.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
Chakaia Booker, Foci 2010
Mark di Suvero, Beethoven’s Quartet 2003
Alexander Liberman, Iliad 1974-76
Maya Lin, Wavefield 2007-08
There are many displays and ways to get around that makes the location accessible for the young and the aged. I walked around for almost 1 1/2 hours, and then took a trolley ride for 30 minutes which gave me a new perspective on the artwork. There was a flutist playing classical music for an hour and it was not crowded. I took time to wander around, even got a decent workout while enjoying a gentle breeze walking around the installations. I photographed many pieces and I hope you enjoy the collection I shared here.
Alexander Lieberman, Adonai 1970-71
John BisBee, Squall, 2010
Josef Pillhofer, Reclining Man 1964
Darrell Petit, The Kiss 1999
If you need a relaxing day out in the countryside, and you’d like art included, a cafe to sit and have a simple snack and drink, a place where the kids can play freely without worries, then Storm King is a great getaway. You could picnic too; just bring the bug spray to keep the pesky buggers away. The hours are set till November 5, 2011/10 am to 5:30 pm, Wednesday-Sunday, and November 6 – November 13, 2011/10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. The fees are reasonable; Adults $12, Senior Citizens (65 and older) $10, College Students (with valid id) $8, Students (K-12) $8, Children under 5 Free and Members Free.
What are your thoughts? What type of art appeals to you? Do you make time to enjoy other creative outlets? Do share? Thank you!
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Positive Motivation Tip: Take time to revisit familiar creative haunts and refresh yourself.
- Umbrellas… (paulinamallard.wordpress.com)
- Art Installation at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Honors Historical Ambassador Hotel while Inspiring Student Creativity (prweb.com)
- Eyecatchers: Igor Mitoraj (fishandbicycles.com)
- Field Trip: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (abh21.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.