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Sculpture Parks

Published: Feb 27, 2014

The art of sculpture is a branch of visual arts and New York State acknowledges these mesmerizing artworks. There is an abundance of sculpture parks to visit in different regions that I believe your readers would be interested in visiting.

Chautauqua-Allegheny

Griffis Sculpture Park, located eight miles outside of Ellicottville, holds the title of being one of America's largest and oldest sculpture parks. This tremendous 450 acre park is split into two sections: Rohr Hill Road Site and Mill Valley Road site. It features a variety of natural habitats including forests, ponds, wetlands, alpine meadows and 250 large scale sculptures dispersed through miles of hiking trails that were placed with the natural setting in mind to create a unique experience. The Griffis Sculpture Park is open from May 1 to October 31. Admission: Adults $5, Children under 12 Free

Hudson Valley

A 500 acre world-renowned outdoor sculpture park, Storm King Art Center is known for its harmonious, yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape. The collection includes more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most much-admired artists of our time. Some of the artists whose works can be viewed are Alfred Hrdlicka, Tal Streeter, Alexander Calder and Dorothy Mayhall. While the focus of the collection has been on large-scale abstract sculpture, much of it in steel, it also includes figurative work and sculpture in stone, earth, and other materials. The Art Center is opens in April and closes its season in November. Admission: Adults $12, Senior Citizens (64 and older) $10, College Students (with ID) $8, Students (K-12) $8, Children under 5 Free, Members Free.

The Fields Sculpture Park has over 60 acres of striking farmland, massive wetlands and wooded area. This park presents works of internationally recognized contemporary and modern artists. Since 1998, The Fields Sculpture Park offers nearly eighty works of art on view with several pieces added or exchanged every year. During their visit, guests can head over to Café Omi, located in the Visitors Center which offers delicious homemade baked goods, quiches, soups, freshly made sandwiches, local artisan cheese, ice cream, coffees, teas, and sodas. The Fields are open every day to the public during daylight hours except for major holidays. Admission is free.

New York City

Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculptures. In its unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public, visitors can admire the artwork or visit the Gardens, an exhibition filled with plants and trees donated by architects, designers and horticulturists. The Park's existence is based on the belief that revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. Socrates is open 365 days a year from 10am until sunset. Admission is free.

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