Friday, March 12, 2010

Virtual Garden Tour: Opus 40 - Saugerties, NY

"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.

Opus 40 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."

"Opus 40 is the product of more than thirty-seven years of a man's life. His name was Harvey Fite. He worked alone, using his hands and traditional quarryman's tools, to build his masterpiece.

Today, Opus 40 is maintained by a not-for-profit corporation, which is responsible for its maintenance, for opening to the public, and for presenting arts programs."

For more information here's an article form the Travel section of The New York Times.

Opus 40
50 Fite Road
Saugerties, NY 12477

Open to the public Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, holiday Mondays
$10 per adult, $7 students and seniors, $3 school age children,
Children under 6 free with an adult.
No dogs allowed. Picnicking on the grounds is welcome.
Call (845)246-3400 for information on group tours, rates.

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