Art critics love nature for its beauty and serenity, but frequently criticize its over-reliance on landscapes and still lifes. Explore outdoor abstracts with todays Groupon: for $12, you get two adult admissions to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor (a $24 value).
Founded in 1960, Storm King Art Center speckles 500 acres of landscaped hills, fields, and woodlands with postwar sculptures by international artists. The art centers permanent collection showcases more than 100 abstract and figurative pieces made out of steel, aluminum, and other elements that range in size from welded I-beam structures to artistically littered pet rocks. Curators precisely nestle each work in the undulating Hudson Valley highlands, placing Alexander Calders Five Swords atop an emerald hill and Alice Aycock's Three-Fold Manifestation II under the tree line. An indoor complex shelters perishable works unable to withstand inclement weather alongside The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty, a temporary exhibition exploring the centers history through archival documents, artists sketches, and framed photos of the founders holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Visitors to Storm King Art Center should dress comfortably and plan to spend several hours exploring the grounds. Check out an audio tour unit ($5) to take a self-paced circuit narrated by Storm King's director and several artists, or rent a bike for a six-speed journey narrated by the wind. Free trams depart every 30 minutes to allow guests with mobility issues to enjoy the facility.
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