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Modernist Sculpture Garden

Nature as Art at the Storm King Art Center.

Tal Streeter's Endless Column Sculpture from 1968.

Alexander Liberman's Adam Sculpture from 1970.

Alexander Liberman's Adonai Sculpture from 1970-1974.

Alexander Liberman's LLiad Sculpture from 1974.

Menashe Kadishman's Suspended Sculpture from 1977.

Isamu Noguchi's Momo Taro Sculpture from 1977.

Kenneth Snelson's Free Ride Home Sculpture from 1974.

Kenneth Snelson's Free Ride Home Sculpture from 1974.

Alexander Calder's Black Flag Stabile from 1974.

Alexander Calder's Black Flag Stabile from 1974.

Alexander Calder's Five Swords Stabile from 1976.

Alexander Calder's Knobs (left) and Gui (right) Sculptures from 1976.

We have a profound love for sculpture gardens and believe that every town or city should have one.  A sculpture garden creates a profound sense of being and peace.  The Storm King Art Center is one of our favorite modernist sculpture gardens. A nice place to visit during the weekend. In desperate need for a peaceful New York City day trip idea? The Storm King Art Center makes a great New York City day trip or weekend trip since it is in rather close proximity to the Big Apple. It is also a nice time-out for people from out of town. The Storm King Art Center is widely known as one of the world's most outstanding modern and contemporary sculpture parks. Storm King Art Center is located approximately one hour north of New York City, in New York's Hudson Valley. Storm King's permanent collection of sculpture, dating from 1945 to the present, includes works by many of the twentieth century's most influential artists. Many mid century modern sculptures are integrated into a pristine, 500-acre landscape of rolling hills, fields, and woodlands.

The focus of Storm King Art Center's distinguished permanent collection of American and European modern sculpture is on large abstract welded steel works from the 1960's to the present, although figurative works are also on view. A core group of thirteen sculptures by David Smith anchor a collection of outstanding works by modern masters such as Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson. The Art Center also has superb works by many other contemporary sculptors, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Mark di Suvero, Robert Grosvenor, Nam June Paik, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Highlights of the collection: 13 stainless steel, bronze and steel works by the seminal artist David Smith including Three Ovals Soar, Personage of May, Becca, and XI Books III Apples were acquired in 1967. George Ricky's Six Lines in a T, Two Planes Vertical-Horizontal II, and Five Squares Gyratory Gyratory were added in 1967,1971, and 1992, respectively. Barbara Hepworth's Form of Movement (Pavan) was purchased in 1968 and Square Forms with Circles in 1969. Henry Moore's Reclining Connected Forms was acquired in 1971. Robert Grosvenor's Untitled was added in 1974. Free Ride Home by Kenneth Snelson, purchased in 1975, features a canopy of aluminum tubes. Momo Taro, a 40-ton granite sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, considered to be one of the artist's finest outdoor works, was commissioned in 1977 and has been installed on a specially landscaped hill. Louise Bourgeois' Number Seventy-two (The No March) was added in1978. Alexander Liberman's Iliad was acquired in 1981. Two monumental steel I-beam sculptures by Mark di Suvero, Mother of Peace and Mon Pere, Mon Pere were purchased in 1981 and featured in Storm King Art Center's retrospective of the artist's work in 1985. In 1998, his towering work Pyramidian was purchased and installed in the center of the south fields. Menashe Kadishman's Eight Positive Trees and Suspended were both added in 1985. One of Alexander Calder's last monumental stabiles The Arch was purchased for the collection in 1982. City on the High Mountain, a major sculpture by Louise Nevelson was acquired in 1984. In 1987, Alice Aycock donated her Three-Fold Manifestation II. Magdalena Abakanowicz's Sarcophagi in Glass House, 1989, is composed of four steel-framed glass houses sheltering wood sarcophagi and was donated by the artist in 1994. In 1991, Richard Serra was commissioned to create a site-specific sculpture, Schunnemunk Fork, which consists of four steel plates installed in a ten-acre area. Siah Armajani's Gazebo for Two Anarchists: Gabriella Antolini and Alberto Antonini, 1992, consists of two gazebos connected by a 10 1/2 by 32 1/2 foot bridge. In 1994 Ursula von Rydingsvard's For Paul, created from chiseled strips of cedar wood, was added to the collection. In 1998 Andy Goldsworthy's 2,278 foot long stone Storm King Wall was another major additon.