I’m in one of those weird dreams that you won’t be able to help obsessing about the following day. Surreal characters of all shapes and sizes are frozen in time, but I am moving. What ever could it mean? And, how will I avoid completely over-analyzing my subconscious thoughts?
Finally, I realize that I - like many others - have been entirely swept away by one of America’s most fantastical treasures.
With over 250 steel statues and sculptures created by artists around the world, the park boasts nature trails and more open spaces then a city dweller knows what to do with. The open landscape takes form around the variety of shapes and figures as they crawl, dance and soar through tree’s and over lakes.
“Over here,” shouts one of at least 50 middle school children, visiting on a school trip. The park is often a site for field trips, teaching children not only the appreciation of the beauty of nature and art but the very present connection it has here.
“No, this one. We can crawl up into his stomach.”
I look, and to my surprise they do just that. Laughing and giggling, I watch the other children in the group look on in wonder at the variety of work. I had come here as a child as well, but as an adult my level of appreciation for this place has simply skyrocketed.
The group moves on, and the park becomes quiet again. It is as if the graceful figures dancing around the small pond are stretching their long limbs ready to perform. One figure bows, while another prepares to glide across the reflecting stage. But only the breeze passes over the pond.
For over 42 years, the 400 acre park has welcomed small and large groups alike to have their own intimate experiences with the sculptures.
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