As you approach the entrance to Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, it’s hard to imagine that a world-class sculpture exhibit could be hidden amid these remote Vermont dairy farms. But, when you turn up the dirt drive and crest the hill, you’ll know you’ve found the place: dozens of brightly colored, oversized sculptures seem to magically rise from the surrounding hayfields.
Since the 1970s, artist David Stromeyer has worked on this land, fabricated sculptures from iron, stone, and steel. The property serves as both studio and permanent home to his collection. Over the span of his career, his sculptures have traveled the world and received international acclaim, returning home to these fields when they are not on exhibit elsewhere. In 2014, David and his wife, Sarah Stromeyer, opened up their land to the public for visitors to enjoy. Today there are nearly 70 sculptures spread throughout the park.
Park behind the small barn that serves as a visitor’s center and pick up a map of the property. Spend the next few hours strolling through the mown paths that criss-cross the hayfields, leading you from piece to piece. Enjoy the sculptural forms as they play with themes such as tension and balance, or simply explore the structural limits of the materials.
Know Before You Go
The Cold Hollow Sculpture Park is only open seasonally, so check the website for dates. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Bring a picnic, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and good walking shoes. Portable toilets and water refills are available. Drive slowly as you approach. The entrance is somewhat hidden behind some trees.