This summer I visited the Stone Quarry Art Park in Cazenovia, NY for an afternoon. My friend, knowing my affinity for museums, brought me there and we had a wonderful time walking around the sloping fields and wooded trails. Various sculptures are all around the Art Park, making it an outdoor gallery. It’s a very peaceful place to walk around. The other people there, at least the day I went, were very quiet, it felt like you had to be quiet there even though it was the outdoors, as everyone wandered around the works of art.
Most of the installments were from local artists and they all were inspired by nature in some way. Some provided a peaceful place to sit and take in the nice day. Others dealt with how humans consume nature. All of them influenced how the viewer experiences the nature they’re looking at.
One piece that really caught my eye was Stacks by David Harper. My friend and I walked around a corner and saw bookshelves and a bench that any bookworm would be obligated to examine. The piece consisted of two sides- both sides started at a fallen tree and then one side “evolved” into a cut log, then a roughly shaped bench, and so on, ending with a fine little stool. The other side gradually became a large bookshelf with wooden blocks that became actual books. We sat on the log bench and admired the piece for a few minutes while a group of people came and enthusiastically took in the sculpture and interacted with the weathered books on the final shelf.
The interaction people had with the pieces at the Stone Quarry Art Park was something very special. Without the stuffiness a museum can bring, people could be very enthusiastic about the pieces they found around every turn.
I look forward to visiting the Art Park again!
Check out the Stone Quarry Art Park’s site here