This year for Thanksgiving my family and I traveled up to New York for a few days to eat far too much and celebrate the holiday. While my grandparents were flying in and preparations was being made, my sister Emily and I snuck away (I may have dragged her) and off to one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited. Storm King Art Center holds the largest collection of outdoor sculptures in the United States and let me tell you, it is huge! The park spans over 500 acres!
Leaving from the visitors center, Emily and I did a small loop in the hour we had available. I had prepared for the cold weather but it was such a beautiful day and the sun was shining so brightly I was pulling off my coat halfway through our walk. The sculptures’ size is astonishing and the park is so well maintained, you could spend days walking through the open fields. Sculptures from both modern and contemporary artists fill the grounds in this permanent collection of monumental work. It lies in a valley, and its rolling hills require sturdy walking shoes, but if you have an afternoon and ever find yourself near Mountainville, New York, I recommend you stop by.
I’ve been taking an Art Education course this semester as part of my Education Degree, and I’ve started thinking more and more about how important art is in not only schools, but for our world as a whole. Creativity should be cultivated and appreciated, always.
Photography by: Emily Wirth