Yesterday we sailed to Beacon, NY on a stunning and crisp fall day. The wind and current kept us humming along at 7 knots (our normal speed is 5 knots) down the Hudson. We spent Monday at the DIA: Beacon, a sculpture museum built inside of a former Nabisco packaging factory. The museum is awash with soft natural light and vast oceans of weathered oak floor from the original factory.
I first saw the museum in 2010 with my class of art majors from Colorado College. Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipses completely swept me off my feet during that visit - I had never experienced such a pleasantly overpowering work of art. Walking amongst the three-inch thick arcs of steel feels quiet and sacred, like being in a church sanctuary all by yourself. I also thought about these pieces each time we passed through a lock on the Erie canal. The locks are often lined with rusted steel and rise to a similar height as these pieces.