Left Turns, aka The Liberty State Park Castle

Built in 1982, this hidden castle is a piece of “living art”, constructed by sculptor Charles Simonds. Said one of the people who helped him build it, “A big part of the philosophy behind Simonds work is the element of discovery. When you happen upon one of his works in the middle of nowhere, it has the same effect on the viewer as discovering the ruins of a lost civilization.”

They were sponsored by the State Art in Public Places program, in conjunction with the NEA. In a subsequent discussion at Rutgers, the artist who created the miniature city said, “Opposite two national monuments, Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty, Left turns (the name of the project) consists of three sited elements, each separated and surrounded by tall pampas like grassy areas indigenous to the park. With the dramatic and still presence of Manhattan in view from each of the three sites, the works located within this setting form an intimate and powerful viewing experience and establish a close symbolic relationship between nature and civilization.”

There were two other art pieces created but the rising tides and marshes have reclaimed them.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Peg on March 4, 2021 at 8:45 PM

    I found it a very long time ago while walking around the trails and while they were still expanding that area of the park. I didn’t know what it was thought it was something that was always there lol good to know it was an art exbit


  2. Posted by Noel55 on May 30, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    THis is so cool


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  4. […] But the most striking aspect of the park may be its diversity and seclusion amidst a concrete jungle. The best-hidden spots in the park might be in the southeast area, which has a bird nesting area located on an island marsh complete with a “beach” of sorts that is open to the public from October to February. A Nature Interpretive Center in the center of the park features a salt marsh also frequented by wildlife. If you go really off the beaten path, you might even find a castle. […]


  5. Posted by Maria on July 18, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    What is the exact location of this hidden castle? Is it possible to see it?


    • Posted by lostinjersey on August 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      theres an environmental center in LSP. if you come off the entry road by the NJ TPK, stay to the right at the circle. a short ways down theres a road on the left and theres the center. its somewhere in the reed behind the center.


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