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