|Socrates Sculpture Park|
MUSEUM: Socrates Sculpture Park (30 min) …………..………. Free
|Gold Rush, Rachel Beach 2010|
|Untitled Frank Haines|
The Socrates Sculpture Park is across the street from the excellent Noguchi Museum (exhibiting the work of the famous modern sculptor Isamu Noguchi) and the two make a good pairing if you have them time. Despite the name, the Socrates park is much less high-brow than the Noguchi Museum and has a slightly scruffy air. You can still see the rotting docks and rusty cranes perched on its perimeter left over from its industrial past, yet the park is well tended and there is a wide variety of sculpture to see.
|Sponge Piece for Socrates Jory Rabinovitz|
Paul and I both agreed that the most beautiful thing in the park was the view of the Manhattan skyline across the river (see image below), and one sculpture thoughtfully provided a telescope to view it better, but there was a lot to see in the park as well. I was amused by the stack of colorful sponges stacked up like they were on a flag pole (“Sponge Piece for Socrates” by Jory Rabinovitz), while Paul liked the black and yellow contrasts of “Gold Rush” by Rachel Beach and the talking rock “Megafaux” by Clive Murphy. We didn’t like everything (the crumbling floating house failed to impress) but there was certainly a lot of variety and it made for an entertaining walk.
RATINGS FOR THE SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK:
Pauline: 3 out of 10. Wide variety of contemporary sculpture in a riverfront park.
Paul: 3 out of 10. Nice walk in the park is not ruined by the art.
|View of the East River from Socrates Sculpture Garden|