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Johnny Swing’s Nickel Couch (2001) at Storm King Art center
photo by rmitchell10009, Flickr
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by Charlie Finch

Just a hop and a skip over the Bear Mountain Bridge and north on Route 32, Storm King Art Center gestated in the mind of its late co-founder Ralph Ogden 50 years ago when he visited a quarry in Austria. The sensuality of stone drew Ogden to David Smith and a number of now-obscure sculptors working through the prism of modernism on a human scale.