If you’ve ever been torn between wanting to spend time at an art museum but not wanting to miss out on a gorgeous sunny day, this Queens park might be the answer to your dilemma. Socrates Sculpture Park brings artwork to the outdoors by using its four acres of green space to host large-scale art installations made by artists from around the world. Here’s what to expect when you visit:
Don’t freak out that you’re in an industrial zone.
Don’t worry about being surrounded by factories and warehouses when you get off the train. You’re in the right place. In fact, until 1986 the park used to be the site of an illegal dumping ground. It’s amazing how NYC reclaims land. But the area is not all machinery and factories; the Noguchi Museum and the Welling Court Mural Project are nearby.
Check the website before you go.
The ‘Exhibitions’ page on the Socrates Sculpture Park website lets you know how many pieces are currently on display at the park and which pieces are upcoming. Don’t make the mistake I did and schlep all the way to Long Island City only to find that there is just one completed installation on display. But on the bright side, it is a cool experience watching an artist work on their piece.
There are other things that will catch your eye.
Since the park sits along the Queens coastline, you’ll have a unique view of the East River and Roosevelt Island. As you gaze out at the river ponder one of the “#LetsTalkAtSocrates” questions placed at stands throughout the park. Questions such as “How will the future remember us?” are the sort of food for thought that would have made Socrates the philosopher proud.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast or you’re looking for something unique to do outdoors, pay a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. Have you ever been to an outdoor art gallery? How was the experience? Share it in the comment section!
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