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It’s a beautiful weekend in New York, and you’re faced with a difficult choice. Should you make the most of the weather by spending the afternoon in the park, enjoying the views and basking in the sunshine, or should you expand your cultural horizons with a visit to one of the city’s great art museums, admiring the priceless sculptures and learning about the artists who created them? Fortunately, you can do both with a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park. Grab your outdoorsy, art-loving friends and head to this gorgeous green space in Queens, where you can enjoy world-class art in the great outdoors. This truly unique outdoor museum is the only place in New York completely dedicated to large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in an outdoor environment, so if you’re used to the kinds of human-scale sculptures that fit in museums and galleries, get ready for a shock when you see the gargantuan pieces on display here. This winter features the works of emerging artists from around the world, including a fascinating installation called FOLLY: tree wood, a geometrical wooden structure placed within a dense grove of trees. Carefully approach the structure with your friends and peer through the floor beams. You’ll be delighted to see a formal, ornate chandelier hanging there, a symbol of the relationship between human designs and the natural world. The exhibitions change frequently, so check the website to see what’s new, and peruse the calendar of events. You may wish to return another day for a performance of Shakespeare, an outdoor yoga class, or even a cooking demonstration.

Socrates Sculpture Park

3205 Vernon Blvd New York NY 11101

(718) 626-1533

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