by Alexander Calder
As Andrea and I set off to explore, I declared my intention to see every sculpture, checking each off the brochure as we encountered it. "I like a woman with a sense of purpose," Andrea commented. But my plan quickly fell by the wayside as I realized the enormity of the task. (The lack of signage for some sculptures didn't help any.) So instead we adopted Andrea's approach. "It's kind of like shopping," she analogized. "We don't have to check out every rack -- just the ones we're attracted to."
Andrea in Armajani's
"Gabezo for Two Anarchists"
|Smith's "Primo Piano III")|
|Noguchi's "Momo Taro"|
I loved the story behind Isamu Noguchi's "Momo Taro." When Noguchi was invited to create a sculpture for Storm King, his concept was a sculpture devised from two split stones. But when the boulder shown here was split, it reminded Noguchi's assistants of the Japanese folk story of Momotaro. In the tale, a child emerges from a giant peach and becomes the son of an elderly couple. Noguchi immediately revised his design. The sculpture in its entirety is comprised of nine granite pieces weighing in at 40 tons.
Showing the love
to an Easter Island Head
After three hours of exploration, we decided to call it a day. I suspect we saw 75 or so sculptures during our visit, so a return trip is definitely in order. But an outing to Storm King really isn't about checking off the sculptures you've seen. It's about enjoying time with friends and family in an idyllic setting sculpted into an incredible outdoor gallery. Just remember to bring the bug spray.
For information about Storm King, including images of all of the works in the collection, click here.