Sunday, June 07, 2009

Storm King Saturday Shindig

You couldn't have dialed up a better sunny early-summer day than yesterday for picnicking at Storm King and doing a long round of sculpture-seeing. Great group of people, over a dozen total: makes for good mingling. Sarah's brother and his family were there (we went to the Bronx Zoo with them about a month ago, so I was seeing them for the second time) so we had the added energy of helping wrangle three young kids. The artist Maya Lin has a newly opened earthwork installation in the far corner of the park (waves of grassy ridges that echo the mountain shapes on the horizon: fun) and apparently she herself was there that day, although only some in our group saw her.

Great field trip, and one that seems a day later like one that'll be memorable for a long time. Your rolling experiential hills, though pleasing enough in themselves, benefit from the occasional modern sculpture planted atop them, metaphorically speaking.

My friend Andy had several of us over to his apartment in Danbury afterwards, for some balcony-sitting and pizza consumption and watching the second period of Game 5 of the Penguins/Red Wings championship (the only complete period of Penguins hockey I've watched this year, and I'm sure just about the worst complete period of Penguins hockey this year), so it really was a complete and satisfying Saturday.

Above: Calder in sunshine. Below, left to right: Sarah, Calder in sunshine, Sarah's friend Emily.


Blogger Pete said...

When I read "Storm King," in association with this sculpture park which I personally have only ever seen from the interstate, I tend to give it a Spinal Tap-like metal-riff---more or less like "Stonehenge" only "Storm King" instead. Try it! It's awesome!

6/08/2009 3:17 PM  
Blogger Dan B. said...

I think while you where watching Detroit win, I was watching them win Strauss Four Last Songs vs. Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. A good game, even with the bizarre choice of a Haydn Symphony to kick it off.

6/09/2009 2:29 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Yes, that's why you should always watch arts instead of sports.

6/09/2009 11:50 PM  

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