- Adirondack - Sacandaga River Sculpture Park
- Battery Park City
- Bertoni Gallery: Sculpture Garden
- Bradford Graves Sculpture Park
- Brooklyn Museum: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
- The C Lyon Sculpture Garden
- City of Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park
- DIA: Beacon, Riggio Galleries
- Elizabeth Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden
- Everson Museum of Art
- The Fields Sculpture Park
- Fordham University at Lincoln Center Campus: Robert Moses Plaza
- Griffis Sculpture Park
- Griffiss International Sculpture Garden
- The High Line
- Hofstra University Sculpture Garden
- Isamu Noguchi Museum & Sculpture Garden
- Katonah Museum of Art: Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden
- Kykuit Gardens at the Rockefeller Estate
- LongHouse Reserve
- Louise Nevelson Plaza
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
- Museum of Modern Art: Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
- Nassau County Museum of Art: Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
- Neuberger Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
- Nova’s Ark Project
- Opus 40
- Pacem in Terris
- PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens
- Plattsburgh State Art Museum: Plattsburgh Sculpture Park
- Pratt Institute: Sculpture Park
- Sculpture Center
- Socrates Sculpture Park
- Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
- Storm King Art Center
- Studio Museum in Harlem Sculpture Garden
- Twin Oaks Art
- Vassar College: Sculpture on Campus
Adirondack - Sacandaga River Sculpture Park
In the Old Adirondack Lumber Co.
New York State Route 30
Wells, NY 12190
Tel: (+ 1) 518 924 9204
Located in the Adirondack State Park next to the Sacandaga River on the grounds of an old wood mill, this 8 acre sculpture park was developed by and for the work of renowned sculptor John Van Alstine. Also within the grounds is a gallery showing sculptures and drawings by Van Alstine.
Call or email before visiting.
Located on 35 acres of former-landfill in lower Manhattan on the bank of the Hudson River, Battery Park City is not a sculpture park but rather a collection of sited public works within the Battery Park City Conservancy.
An illustrated guide is available to download from the website, http://www.batteryparkcity.org/pdf/BPCA_Public_Art_Brochure.pdf which identifies 20 locations of site specific sculptures around the parks and public spaces from Battery to Chambers Street. Artists include Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, Andy Goldsworthy, Louise Bourgeois, and Mary Miss.
Bertoni Gallery: Sculpture Garden
1392 Kings Highway
Sugar Loaf, NY 10981
Tel: (+ 1) 845 469 0993
Bertoni Sculpture Garden in association with the Bertoni Art Gallery is a small park featuring regional artists. Free music events in the summer.
Open Thursday to Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Opened in May 2010, this 5 acre sculpture park features works in limestone and bronze by New York sculptor Bradford Graves (1939 - 1998). Drawings are also on display in the galleries.
The sculpture park is maintained by the Bradford Graves Foundation.
Open to the public by appointment.
Brooklyn Museum: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
200 Eastern Parkway,
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Tel: (+ 1) 718 638 5000
There has been a sculpture garden at the Brooklyn Museum since the 1950s, a gift from the late Mr. Walter Rothschild in memory of his mother-in-law, named the Frieda Schiff Warburg Memorial Sculpture Garden. Around the same time a significant donation to the museum included architectural fragments from demolished buildings around New York City which were installed in the garden, and over the years donations have continued. In 2000 these works were removed as part of the museum’s construction project and in 2004 when the museum had re-opened, the sculpture garden was renamed the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden. Today the outdoor collection extends towards, and even enters, the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum subway stop. Selections from the collection of architectural fragments currently on view include a zinc lion that was originally a part of Coney Island's Steeplechase Park, ca. 1900; a railing from the Police Gazette Building (early 20th century, cast iron); and Atlantic figures from a home owned by John D. Rockefeller (19th century limestone).
Approach the garden at the Norman M. Feinberg Entrance, adjacent to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Suggested donation applies.
The artist-designed "Sea lion" Sculpture Garden comprises 40 acres of landscaped trails and grounds covered with 480 sculptures by C Lyon.
The garden is open year round except for winter months. Entry is by appointment only, and artist-led tours take one hour and includes The C Lyon playing his guitar, singing folk songs and reciting some of his own poems.
Created on former waste ground in 1993, this sculpture park shows work created by the artists who participated in the annual Triangle Workshops at Pine Plains, NY (founded and run by Anthony Caro and Robert Loder from 1982).
To get there, go north on Raymond Avenue then head west on Main Street. The Sculpture Park will appear on your left.
DIA Beacon, located 60 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River opened in 2003. The majority of the collection is housed in a converted factory (formally the Nabisco factory built in 1929 sited on 31 acres) and features the works of artists such as Donald Judd, Walter De Maria and Richard Serra. DIA Beacon is not a necessarily a sculpture park, however the forecourt was designed by artist Robert Irwin whose master plan included gardens for the exterior and a grove of fruit trees in the parking lot.
Opening hours are seasonal, check website for updated visitor information. Admission fee applies.
The Elizabeth Street Gallery specialises in antique furniture and statuary, as well as modern items based on historic objects and designs, created in-house. The gallery’s street-side gated sculpture garden sells classic sculpture and architectural or ornamental garden pieces.
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel: (+ 1) 315 474 6064
The building designed by I.M. Pei opened its doors 1968. The museum collection well displayed both indoors in a 2 story high rotunda and outside in various locations. Outdoor sculptures on display have included work by Henry Moore, Robert Murray, Beverly Pepper and Sacha Kolin.
Opening hours are 12-5pm Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays, 10am-5pm on Saturdays. Admission free.
Operated by Art Omi International Arts Center.
The Fields Sculpture Park is located on 400 acres of farmland in Colombia County, New York, approximately 2 1/2 hours north of Manhattan via car. There are over 80 sculptures in the park which was founded as a site for contemporary sculpture in 1998. New pieces are added to the park each year and in addition there is a programme of annual temporary exhibitions each June.
The sculpture park is open from sunrise to sunset everyday.
Fordham University at Lincoln Center Campus: Robert Moses Plaza
Columbus Avenue at 60th Street,
This 2.2 acre plaza has hosted a range of outdoor sculptures, including works by Stella Shawzin, Judith Peck, David Hayes, and Ilan Averbuch. Redevelopment is planned for the campus, phase one in 2014 and phase two in 2032 which will dramatically alter the site but the redevelopment will maintain some landscaped areas.
Griffis Sculpture Park opened in 1967 and is one of the largest sculpture parks in America (originally the largest until Storm King expanded its holdings to 500 acres). Over 250 sculptures by Larry Griffis and other regional, national and international artists are sited amongst hiking trails, woodlands and fields.
Open daily from dawn to dusk, May until October. Tours by appointment.
The sculpture garden opened in 2008, exclusively featuring work by Sculpture Space alumni resident artists. Located in the grounds of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, the sited works sit within forested areas and hills, adjacent to the industry buildings, headquarters and an 11,820 ft runway.
Sculpture Space is a non profit corporation that has been providing space, materials and technical assistance to over 300 national and international artists since 1976. The program selects 20 artists per year for two month residencies. Artists-in-residence are provided space and equipment that normally they could not afford in an environment conducive to creativity on large scale sculptures.
An award winning landscape project, The High Line is an unusual park created on the old raised railways that lifted the freight trains 30 feet above the city from the 1930s till the 1980s. This park, which first opened in 2009, features an integrated landscape designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.
The High Line follows a trail through one of the world’s greatest cultural and creative cities, and in recognition of this the High Line Art Programme includes a changing programme of social sculpture and permanent public art commissions which maintains the park’s connection to the arts. The works encompass visual art, performance, dance and other experimental genres and are presented on, in, under, and near the High Line.
The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public in June 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street.
The High Line is open from 7.00am to 10.00pm daily.
Hofstra University Sculpture Garden
Hofstra University Museum
112 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1090
Tel: (+ 1) 516 463 5672
75 sculptures currently grace the Hofstra University’s 240 acre campus in a collection that began in 1976. Sculptures by Henry Moore, Richard Heinrich, J. Seward Johnson Jr., and Antoni Milkowski are included in this good display of works.
The Isamu Noguchi Museum opened in 1985 to present this seminal artist’s sculptures, drawings and interior design.
Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Friday, 11am – 6pm on weekends. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission fee applies.
The Katonah Museum and its sculpture garden are dedicated to an ongoing display of art with no permanent collection.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm. Admission fee applies.
Kykuit Gardens at the Rockefeller Estate
North Tarrytown, NY
Tel: (+ 1) 914 631 8200
Formal gardens overlooking the Hudson River houses Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's Sculpture Collection, which includes over 70 sculptures by Arp, Calder, Lipchitz, Moore, Brancussi, Giacometti, Nevelson, Chadwick, Noguchi and D. Smith among others. More information on the collection can be found at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/content/view/66/130/
Advance bookings necessary, sculpture tours are available.
133 Hands Creek Rd,
East Hampton, NY 11937
Tel: (+ 1) 516 329 3568
Situated on 16 acres, Jack Lenor Larsen (fabric and textile designer) built a reserve inspired by the Shinto shrine Ise house in Japan. Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning and Yoko Ono are among the sculptors represented in the collection.
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 till 5pm. Admission fee.
On a small roadside plaza sits a group of tall, black, cor-ten steel sculptures entitled ‘Shadows and Flags’, by prominent artist Louise Nevelson, created in 1977.
Open to view all hours.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York 10028-0198
Tel: (+ 1) 212 535 7710
Designed for changing exhibitions the roof garden has impressive views of Manhattan’s skyline. Past installations have included Ellsworth Kelly, Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Smith, Joel Shapiro, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol LeWitt, Cai Guo-Qiang, Frank Stella, and Jeff Koons in 2008.
Museum hours are 9.30am till 5.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays (late night closing on Fridays and Saturdays). The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission fee applies.
MOMA has had a sculpture garden in mind for the museum building since its first design phases. The garden’s first iteration was in 1939 (also the opening date of the museum) and in 1953 it opened again to the public in its current design, dedicated to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Currently housing around 30 sculptures, the artists represented are both classic and contemporary; from Rodin to Moore, to Calder and Oldenberg.
Open 10.30am to 5.30pm, Wednesdays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays). Late night opening on Fridays. The sculpture garden closes during inclement weather. Admission fee includes entry to P.S.1 Gallery.
Nassau County Museum of Art: Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
One Museum Drive,
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Tel: (+ 1) 516 484 9337
The museum’s l45 acres of grounds contain over 50 sculptures by eminent artists such as Alexander Calder, Tom Otterness, Richard Serra, and Mark di Suvero. Some works are part of the museum collection while some are on extended loan from other art institutions.
The museum is open 11am to 4:45pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission fee applies.
Neuberger Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Tel: (+ 1) 914 251 6100
The museum is located 45 minutes from Manhattan, across the road from the Pepsico Sculpture Park. Artists represented in the collection include Artists represented include Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol LeWitt, Alexander Liberman, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Dennis Oppenheim, George Segal, and David Smith.
Museum opening hours are 12 - 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
The Ark Project is a large scale artist-designed sculpture park on a preserve of hills, gardens and meadows, displaying works by artist Nova Mihai Popa. There are also galleries and areas for workshops and events on the grounds.
Call ahead or email for visiting hours.
Built on a 12 acre site of an old quarry in the foothills of the Catskills, Harvey Fite started this one-man project in 1939. He spent 37 years building this terraced environmental sculpture, an outdoor stone series of ramps, steps and alcoves. Using a traditional stone construction technique called "dry keying", each stone is fitted to one another without the use of mortar. Opus 40 opened to the public in 1977, year after Fite’s death. In the same year in an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution Fite was recognised as a forefather of the Earthworks movement.
In 2001 the quarry was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Open to the public weekends and holiday Mondays only, from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend, 11.30am - 5 pm. Admission fee applies. A programme of events and concerts are scheduled each year.
Pacem in Terris, meaning peace on earth, is the creative vision of Dutch-born artist Frederick Franck, from 1966. Seventy large-scale outdoor sculptures are located on six acres of lawns and walkways by the Wawayanda River, 50 miles northwest of Manhattan. Pathways with stepping stones make for easy walking, through the collection of one man's sculptures made of steel, wood, stone and glass.
Other sculptures by Franck are in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
Pacem in Terris is open from 11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from May through to October. Admission is free.
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Tel: (+ 1) 914 253 2000
PepsiCo’s collection of modern sculpture began in 1965 by Donald M Kendall and these landscaped sculpture gardens were created in 1970 after the move to the new headquarters in Purchase. Artists include Dubuffet, Ernst, Giacometti, Hepworth, Miro, Nevelson, Oldenburg, and Rickey
Open all year. Admission is free of charge.
Plattsburgh State Art Museum: Plattsburgh Sculpture Park
State University of New York
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Tel: (+ 1) 518 564 2474
The State Art Museum at the University is host to a number of sculptures including works by Jon Isherwood, Don Osborn (also a co-curator of the sculptures on campus), Brower Hatcher, Daniel Kanz, Harry Gordon, David Stromeyer, and Roger Mack, which greatly enhance the experience of studying art at the university.
Pratt Institute: Sculpture Park
200 Willoghby Ave
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn NY
Tel: (+ 1) 718 636 3471
Pratt Institute hosts changing sculpture exhibitions on its Brooklyn campus. This program was created by David Weinrib in 1999 in the department of Foundation Art. It is the largest site for outdoor sculpture in New York City. All pieces on display are on loan from the artists for periods of several years.
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel: (+ 1) 718 361 1750
The Sculpture Center opened in its present location in 2002 and has been in operation since it was founded as The Clay Club in 1928 by Dorothea Denslow. This new space, a former trolley warehouse, includes 3000 square foot outdoor exhibition space for a programme of ongoing temporary exhibitions and contemporary commissions.
Open from Thursday to Monday, 11am – 6pm. Suggested donation applies.
Created by sculptor Mark di Suvero, the five acre park is situated on the site of a former landfill site along the riverfront with good views of Manhattan. There is no permanent collection, instead a constant change of exhibited works, biannual shows and an artist residency programme.
Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year from 10am to sunset.
Admission is free.
The park is adjacent to di Suero’s New York studio. The Isamu Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Garden is nearby.
Four miles of walking trails in over 100 acres of the Art Park which on long-term loan situated amidst woods, ponds, wetlands and meadows. The park, 20 miles southeast of Syracuse in upstate New York, was initiated by artist Dorothy Riester who taught art at Syracuse University. Many of the sculptures are site specific with an emphasis on the local environment and the rural countryside. The Art Park also offers an artist’s residency program and temporary exhibitions.
The Art Park is open to the public 365 days a year, from dawn until dusk Suggested donations.
Now America’s largest sculpture park, the Storm King Art Center displays an impressive collection of works by internationally renowned artists within 500 acres of lawns and fields. Artists in the collection include Mark di Suvero, David Smith, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Andy Goldsworthy and Isamu Noguchi.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm from April to November only. Admission fee applies.
Studio Museum in Harlem Sculpture Garden
144 West 125th Street,
New York, New York 10027
Tel: (+ 1) 212 864 4500
The Studio Museum has the first museum sculpture garden dedicated to exhibiting works by artists of African descent.
The museum is open from Wednesday to Friday from 12 – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 12-6pm. Suggested donations.
Twin Oaks Art
93 Merchants Path,
Sagaponack, NY 11962
Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp created this sculpture garden on the expensive grounds that surround his studio, displaying his own work in addition to a collection of sculptures by artists including George Rhoades, Bill Barrett, Siv Cedering and Kurt Laurence Metzler.
By appointment only, email to arrange a visit.
Vassar College: Sculpture on Campus
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604
Tel: (+ 1) 845 437 7000
Vassar College’s significant collection of artworks is on display in the campus' Shakespeare Garden and the Hildergarde Krause Baker '11 Sculpture Garden at the college’s Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center (originally the Vassar College Art Gallery, founded 1864).
In addition, there is a sculptural garden installation by Jenny Holzer called ‘For Elizabeth: Twenty Granite Benches’ (2006). Each dark-green granite bench is inscribed with published and unpublished verses by Vassar alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Elizabeth Bishop, a member of the class of 1934. The benches are arranged on alternating sides of a 775-foot landscaped path that runs from the Students' Building (designed by McKim, Meade, and White), to Main Building (designed by James Renwick, a National Historic Landmark).
A slide show of the current sculpture on show around the campus can be viewed on http://www.vassar.edu/media/2007/sculpture-on-campus/index.html.
Admission to the Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center is free.
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