by Joe August. 22, 2016 951 views

Storm King Art Center, commonly referred to as Storm King and named after its proximity to Storm King Mountain, is an open-air museum located in Mountainville, New York. It contains what is perhaps the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for Hudson River School paintings, it soon evolved into a major sculpture venue with works from some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century. The site spans approximately 500 acres.


SUSPENDED, Menashe Kadishman, (August 21, 1932 - May 8, 2015) was an Israeli sculptor, The two simple forms of engage in a gravity-defying balance that belies expectation.

FIVE MODULAR UNITS: Sol LeWitt, (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007) was an American artist. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he designed elaborate units of cubes, exploring all possible combinations and permutations, usually by means of mathematical calculations, and frequently repeating identical forms in a serial format. As he noted, “The most interesting characteristic of the cube is that it is relatively uninteresting.

THREE-FOLD MANIFESTATION II: Alice Aycock, (born November 20, 1946) is an American sculptor. Aycock’s fantastical and complex Three-Fold Manifestation II is reminiscent of Roman amphitheaters, one atop the other, and alludes to wide-ranging sources including archaeology, science, and astrology.


ENDLESS COLUMN, Tal Streeter, American sculptor (August 1, 1934 – April 17, 2014) reaching a height of nearly seventy feet, is taller than any other work at Storm King. Tal Streeter called it “a kind of drawing in space which will take your eyes in a staccato movement to the top and on into the sky.”

ILIAD, Alexander Liberman, (September 4, 1912 – November 19, 1999) was a Russian-American sculptor. Iliad with its dramatically cantilevered elements, forms a dynamic architectural space through which to walk. Liberman spoke about creating the work’s “extreme overhang, because I want to achieve a certain sense of awe.”

THE ARCH, Alexander Calder, American sculptor (August 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) The Arch is among the last of the monumental works Alexander Calder created before his death in 1976. The open parabolic arch, an element from the vocabulary of building, is meant to entice visitors to pass through its portal and discover its buoyant forms from unexpected vantage points. The sculpture is composed of three elements: a bent “boomerang” on one side, joined by a central arch to a tall, concave fan shape, with an elongated upper portion capped by a small triangular “tail.” The work offers many different views, depending on the angle of approach. The tall, triangular element seems to grow straight up from the ground, monumental but not overbearing.


ADONAI, Alexander Liberman, (September 4, 1912 – November 19, 1999) was a Russian-American sculptor. Adonai was made using six-foot-long gas storage tanks.

  Be the first to like this post
Join the conversation
There are 2 comments , add yours!
Becky Brannon 4 years, 6 months ago

Quite some interesting sculptures!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 4 years, 6 months ago

These are so unusual - and I'm glad you included all the info about each one. I especially like the lighting in #8 (the Arch?) - pretty capture, Joe!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited