Sculpture Parks

Open-air art: The summer is the perfect time — and the Hudson Valley the perfect place — to enjoy outdoor sculpture



Get some exercise along with your cultural fix by biking through Storm King Art Center

Photograph by Michael Polito

Storm King Art Center Mountainville

April 2 marked the season opening of the internationally acclaimed Storm King Art Center, with more than 100 large-scale sculptures exhibited outdoors in a park-like setting. But the real excitement comes on May 3 with the unveiling of an exhibit of works by Zhang Huan. A performance artist, photographer, and sculptor, Zhang’s massive Three Legged Buddha — a 28-foot-high copper and steel sculpture weighing 12 tons — has been part of the art center’s collection since 2010. Other works by the influential Chinese artist are displayed outdoors as well as within Storm King’s indoor galleries. One of the best ways to travel through the 500-acre park is by bicycle. Bikes are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis for $8 an hour with a two-hour minimum ($10 an hour on weekends). Helmets and special maps, which outline the best routes to take to see the artwork, come with your rental. Free trams are also available. 845-534-3115; www.stormking.org

Fields Sculpture Park at OMI International Ghent

OMI celebrates the opening of the season on June 14 with its annual festival complete with refreshments, hayrides, art workshops, and exhibitions. Guests can take a guided tour of the 60-acre park or grab a bike at the visitor center and experience each of the six sections at their leisure. “Drawings,” an exhibition of portraits done by the artist Jim Torok, can be seen in the gallery through May 31. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 518-392-4747; www.artomi.org

Opus 40 Saugerties

Harvey Feit’s six-acre bluestone sculpture park, which holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Be sure to check out the Quarryman’s Museum and learn what tools Feit used to construct his pieces. Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $10, $7 students & seniors, $3 children ages 6-12. 845-246-3400; www.opus40.org

Bradford Graves Sculpture Park Kerhonkson

More than 200 stone, clay, and bronze sculptures adorn the manicured grounds of the Bradford Graves Sculpture Park, named after the celebrated artist who constructed the works. The park is open May through October, appointments are necessary and admission is free. 845-230-0521; www.bradfordgravessculpturepark.com

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