Rolling fields sprinkled with thought provoking art, the OMI International Arts Center [1405 Co Rte 22, Ghent, NY 12075] in Columbia County’s Ghent is a must see. I never know how to pronounce the name, is it oh-me, or ah-mi, say it however you will – but definitely get there! If you like walking in the sunshine, physical art, or a bit of nature, OMI has got it all. The park can be seen in about an hour, give or take depending on your pace, and moves in a general wide circle. We decided to visit the park again after a few years had gone by, and were happily surprised with new exhibits. After pondering the snake eating the empire state building?
We continued towards the architectural pieces in a clockwise loop. If you pass the giant heads you’re going the way we did.
Don’t forget to delve into the wooded trails where you will find more works of intriguing art.
The architecture field was large and sprawling, you certainly get a good hike in here. The sculptures here are so fluid some look as though they might walk away.
If you visit during the spring you may see sweet fuzzy goslings in the pond,
My favorite sculpture of all was a terrifying dark figure that looks as though it is spawned by dripping death black wax into a devilish mold.
Very spooky. We had such a great time remembering our last visit years ago, enjoying our current visit with all of the new and old exhibits. The weather was perfect; spring was bursting with new life and so many wildflowers, nature’s artistic contribution to view. This amazing park is free to visit, head out there now.