If you’ve ever driven north through New York’s Columbia County on the Taconic Parkway, you may have noticed the giant white head overlooking the highway. No, you weren’t hallucinating. That’s just one of the many fascinating sculptures at Roy Kanwit’s Taconic Sculpture Park.
Roy Kanwit is a self-taught sculptor who has spent the last 40 years or so transforming his property into a sculpture garden.
The 3 acre yard is populated with more than 30 sculptures, many of them monumental in size. The pieces are made from a variety of materials, including marble, limestone, plaster, steel, and concrete.
Taconic Sculpture Park
The giant, 19 foot-tall, plaster head seen from the Taconic Parkway is Gaea, the Greek Mother Earth. The sculpture’s position, overlooking the Taconic Parkway, is intentional: a beacon for the park. Kanwit felt it was more aesthetically pleasing than a sign and just as effective.
The Taconic Sculpture Park & Gallery is located between Chatham and Spencertown, New York, on Stever Hill Road, off route 203. A lovely half-hour’s drive through the Hudson River Valley from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn.
The Sculpture Park is a wonder to behold. There are giant heads, gods, goddesses, and other mythological figures, a dragon, symbols, abstracts, and more. The sculptures blend into a gently undulating landscape surrounded by sweeping views of the surrounding hills. A truly surreal experience. The big stone castle on the property is Kanwit’s home, which he also constructed over the years.
Visiting the park is a unique experience. You never know what you’re going to see next.
Walking around the property presents unforeseen surprises and delights. That giant Gaea head, for example, is hollow. Visitors can climb through a hole in the top for expansive views of the surrounding landscape.
Art For Sale
Perhaps best of all, if you see something you like, you can take it home with you. Taconic Sculpture Park & Gallery also serves as a showroom for Kanwit’s art and most of what you see is for sale.
Roy Kanwit also has artworks for sale in his private, Taconic Sculpture Park studio. These other pieces are available for viewing by appointment or on days when the studio is open to guests.
Taconic Sculpture Park is open daily, 10am to 5pm, May Through September, for a per-vehicle admission fee of $10. Learn more at www.taconic.net.
There’s no end to the fun and fascinating things you can see and do in the Berkshires and we here at Applegate Inn love to share them with our guests. Just let us know what your interests are and we’ll help get you pointed in the right direction. See you soon!