Tuesday, August 19, 2008

opus forty.

As mentioned in my previous post, we went to this place outside of
Woodstock, NY this weekend called opus40.


From their website-
"About one hundred miles from New York City, tucked into a pocket of
the Catskills near Saugerties, lies one of the most extraordinary
pieces of sculpture ever created by a single man. The work is an
immense composition of finely fitted stone, rising in ramps and
swirling terraces around pools and trees and fountains out of the
rock bed of an abandoned bluestone quarry. It spreads out over more
than six acres. "

Created by Harvey Fite who spent almost 40 years sculpting this in
his backyard. It is all dry fitted rock (means it is laying loose,
no mortar).

To think someone spent almost 40 years of their life building this
and died while adding more to it, is just phenomenal. One of the most
magical places I have ever been to. It is amazing that this is
so unknown in NYC, this should be on EVERY weekend get away guide.

I hope Strath has some room on his list of things to see before they
move. Go check it out, it is only open during the summer.