Got Art?

Three StatuesWhat do you do with a farm that has become unproductive or unprofitable?  Larry Griffis had an idea after visiting Italy and seeing the way sculpture was incorporated into landscapes and cityscapes.  So he returned home to create the United States’ first sculpture park in Cattaraugus County, Western New York State.

I’ll show you some pictures…  But I can tell you right now, pictures simply will not do the place justice.  If you will be anywhere near Western New York, give yourself a treat and visit in person.

“You never know what you’ll find next.  And once you find it, you’re not always sure what it is.”  That’s what my husband said recently during a visit to Griffis Sculpture Park.

What is it

There are reportedly over 250 statues by over 100 artists on this property which is split into two sections.  The portion off of Rohr Hill Road can be visited free of charge.  The Miller Valley Road entrance has signs encouraging you to use the honor system with regard to the suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Even the donation box is a piece of art!

Admission

When I visited again this week with a van load of teens, we stuffed some bucks into the yellow box, then entered and took these pictures:

There's a chair inside

Skipping Along with My New Boyfriend

How Many Kids will Fit Inside the Statue

Jeff Tames the Wild Preying Mantis

Climbing the Tower

Unfortunately, the official website for the park seems to be in a state of transition and incompleteness.  But with persistence, you can find the place:

Griffis Map

Mapquest or Google 6902 Mill Valley Rd., East Otto, NY 14729.  Then plan a visit.  You won’t regret it!

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2 thoughts on “Got Art?

  1. Jennifer…I was a little kid when my parents took my sister and I to see Larry’s statues. Larry was a friend of my parents and I remember him telling me that when I got older, I could be a model for him. I remember thinking, “Oh no, I don’t want him to make me into a metal statue”. I was really concerned. Funny, how clear that memory is.

    The park is beautiful especially in the fall with the leave change…

  2. It looks like they made a lot of changes since 1999, when I was there last. I recognized not a single one of the sculptures in your pictures. I want to go back.

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