There is something remarkable about the loping, anthropomorphic forms of Calder and Smith passing blithely through the fields of Storm King Art Center. Their presence feels almost natural, though their scale and fierce materiality are anything but.
Arper shares the values of Storm King: meticulous design, open space and public access to art. The rolling hills and grasses seem at first to be wild and untamed, but in fact they have been carefully cultivated over the course of many years. Once the site of a gravel pit supplying materials for the New York State Thruway, the land was sold to Storm King with the agreement that it would be kept open and accessible.
The 50th Anniversary of Storm King Art Center celebrates the complete remediation of the property with the recent opening of Maya Lin’s Wave Field, an undulating series of seven parallel rows of rolling peaks covering 11 acres inspired by mid-ocean waves.
The combination of nature and craftsmanship is also embodied in the Arper Leaf chair, which fits seamlessly into the landscape at Storm King and yet maintains a distinct, eye-catching presence.
At Arper, we support institutions and experiences that are linked to sensitivity and respect for the environment. We are proud to support the 50th anniversary of Storm King.
Photo: Michael Moran