The Omi International Art Center in Ghent offers residency programs to a number of artists of every stripe, including writers, visual artists, dancers, and musicians. But the Center is also home to the Fields Sculpture Park, a 60+ acre outdoor gallery featuring dozens of giant works of art. And what’s more, it’s absolutely, 100% free of charge.
Aside from the cool statuary, the property itself looks quite stunning: Rolling meadows and hills, trees, and wetlands provide a backdrop that must look pretty amazing this time of year. The Park encourages visitors to not only set aside about an hour to leisurely stroll around the landscape, but to pack a picnic lunch and spend the day, or to visit the Cafe Omi, the Park’s seasonal eatery. Bikes are available for those who would rather ride than walk.
Here’s a list of the Park’s current exhibitions (these are in addition to the works already in place), and a sneak-peak at the visitor’s center and indoor gallery. Special events happen frequently, too. Have you been? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments.