Well kids, today I will tell you about arguably the most Facebooked attraction in the nearby city area. Grounds for Sculpture park in New Jersey. Please accept my deepest apologies for talking about New Jersey. Not particularly a worthy state. I just single handled ruined slightest chance of having any New Jersey audience. But this must be. For if you live in New York, you must not like the New Jersey State. You’re expected to make smug remarks about it, such as calling it “The Garden State’ knowingly shaking your head with a mean facial expression. I do not know how and when this started, nor do I care much about validity of this argument. Let’s just call this blindly following the herd.
But Grounds for Sculpture Park they now have in New Jersey is nice. And there is no unexpected turn in this plot. It’s actually a park with sculptures on the ground. A rather simple (typical for New Jersey) but also an ingenious (not so typical for New Jersey) idea. I’m doing some New York commenting here. Sculptures and installations are randomly placed. There isn’t a common theme they follow. Some depict people, some recreations of sculptures from other places, some are over sized, some are funny, and some are straight down weird. This head in a smoky lake somehow became one of my favorite:
The hard part about this trip was taking original pictures. A lot of my Facebook friends visited this place. Don’t ask me. I’m still puzzled by this phenomenon. But a lot of people have been there. And I became a witness to many photos of this place and its’ sculptures, well before I had the chance to get there. Most were predictable ones. Repeating the pose of whatever it is next to you. Classic, how can one resist. Becoming part of the installation and just being one with the art piece. Sweetness through the roof. And then add some sitting on laps, hugging, pretending you’re reading the same book, stalking behind sculptured person etc. Some were creatively stupid and made you question your Facebook friends’ status. But the point I’m trying to make here, once I got there I was either bound to repeating the same picture/poses (a deeply shameful act in this society), or I head to come up with something original. Behold:
I assume nobody has anything similar because it’s a rock and there is not much to it.
You do have to drive there. So, get that friend nobody really likes but is willing to be the designated driver, and visit the place. But remember, the pressure is high.
In fact, I’m calling this a contest. Visit Grounds for Sculpture, come up with the bestest (yes, I know it’s not an actual word, but this is not an actual contest) idea ever, use hashtag #imbetterthanyou post your picture and we’ll check it out, and maybe chuckle a little.
P.S. I think I’ll be adding #imbetterthanyou to all my photos now. Just cuz. Also, I will feature pictures that are worthy on this awesome website.