Public Art That Shows You Something Else

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I find myself sometimes arguing against public art. Well, actually, for public art that is temporary, and for public art that doesn’t distract from something more important. As much as I enjoy Goldsworthy (left), I found something I appreciated more (right) at Storm King Art Center in NY – art that says, “hey, did you notice the forest behind me? Pay attention”. These steel trees (Menashe Kadishman) line the walking trail. On the foreground side of the trail is lawn and structured stuff. On the background side of the trail is a lovely and substantial native forest: a pretty important thing.

Nancy Aten