Sarah Sze Commission


Storm King is commissioning artist Sarah Sze
to create a new, site-specific work for its permanent collection.

Video directed by Nigel Parry © Storm King Art Center, 2019

Storm King Art Center is excited to announce Fallen Sky, a new, site-specific commission by Sarah Sze. Fallen Sky is comprised of a deliberately incomplete and increasingly delicate 36-foot-diameter spherical cavity, sheathed in mirrored stainless steel. The work will occupy a never-before-utilized location (chosen by Sze in consultation with Storm King’s curators) halfway down Museum Hill, just below Storm King’s iconic Museum Building, and will be experienced by viewers both up close and across long distances of Storm King’s site.

Black and white head shot of artist Sarah Sze

Fallen Sky is cradled in the expansive landscape of Storm King. Pressing into the earth, the concave sculpture reflects the concave sky, creating a sense of the landscape in reverse. As visitors peer into the reflection, they are immersed in the sky from above and below, teetering between a sense that the sculpture has dropped from above and sense that it is emerging from the earth. Framed by the landscape, the work erases the land and gives form to the air, allowing an intimate view of what is normally vast and immeasurable.
— Sarah Sze

The work engages with themes important within the Storm King collection—sharing with many other works a truth to materials, a grand scale, and a union with nature—while also moving in a new and specific direction: toward ethereality and a deep responsiveness to subtle environmental change. Fallen Sky also pays tribute to many communal and ancient sites from around the world while also remaining tied to the history of abstraction in art.

Artist sketch of proposed Sarah Sze commision.

Sketches of Fallen Sky by Sarah Sze © Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze is one of the most critically-recognized artists today, and her work at Storm King could be seen as forming a generational continuum of site-specific and responsive works, from Richard Serra to Robert Grosvenor, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Maya Lin.

Rather than reaching for the heavens like many sculptures at Storm King, ‘Fallen Sky’ will include a 36-foot diameter spherical cavity pressed into the earth. An envelope of mirrored stainless steel will give it a glistening veneer.
— Sara Aridi

Rendering of Fallen Sky by Sarah Sze in Storm King's landscape.

Rendering of Fallen Sky by Sarah Sze © Sarah Sze

Join Storm King in celebrating this incredible site-specific commission by Sarah Sze, and receive exclusive benefits as an early supporter. Make a donation today.

For Gifts larger than $25,000, or for additional information, please contact:
Rachel Coker at or 845.534.3115 x7114, or Catherine Taylor-Williams at or 845.534.3115 x7131.

The Sarah Sze: Fallen Sky commission and exhibition are made possible by generous major support from Janet Benton and David Schunter, Gagosian, Girlfriend Fund, Agnes Gund, the Hazen Polsky Foundation, the Ohnell Family Foundation, Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo, and VIA Art Fund.
Lead support is provided by Anonymous (2), Roberta and Steven Denning, the Ohnell Charitable Lead Trust, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, the Speyer Family Foundation Inc., Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Victoria Miro.
Support is also provided by Debra and Leon Black, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Charlotte Feng Ford, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Lostand Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Nolen, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. This project is also funded, in part, by Anonymous (2), Ann Ames, Deeda Blair, Jocelyne and David A. DeNunzio, Hugh J. Freund and Sandra Wijnberg, The Helis Foundation, Jill and Peter Kraus, Debby and Rocco Landesman, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Loren Pack & Rob Beyer, Richard and Lisa Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Hume R. Steyer and Nanahya C. Santana, Seran and Ravi Trehan, Marica and Jan Vilcek, and Caryl Yanow and Bill Grueskin.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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