Project: Storm King Art Center
Year created: 1960
Location: New Windsor, NY
What is the piece’s impact? Originally conceived as a museum for Hudson River School art, the founders eventually became enamored with modern sculpture, Several pieces were initially sited directly outside the Museum Building, but as the collection grew, sculptures were placed directly in the landscape. “Since then, every work has been sited with consideration of both its immediate surroundings and distant views.”(source) This concern for distant views led to the acquisition and protection of 2,400 acres of land in an area with a great deal of pressure for development.
How does this project relate to this change as art? The importance placed on the site (the “view-shed”) for these masterpieces has lead to the protection of a great deal of natural habitat surrounding the Centre. In fact, 2,100 acres of Schunnemunk Mountain was handed over to the State of New York and designated Schunnemunk Mountain State Park – which acts to preserve Storm King Art Center’s view-shed.
What makes this an artistic project? It’s a giant outdoor art gallery, and the permanent home for of more than 100 sculptures, “created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.” (source) The home for the art has been protected as a consequence of its presence.