Nature magnifies the human spirit; human spirit magnifies nature.
Under the big skies of Montana on on an 11,500-acre working ranch near Yellowstone, you will find Tippet Rise Art Center, which has just opened to the public. It celebrates land and architecture, as well as music during its classical concert season.
There are a two pieces by sculptor Mark di Suvero at Tippet Rise:
Proverb is a 60ft-high structure made of corten steel and features a pendulum that moves like a metronome.
The second is Beethoven’s Quartet can be played with mallets, like a steel drum.
Named after a 1973 space probe project, this is a work-in-progress by sculptor Talasnik. The site will be used to stage performances in connection with the artwork, such as John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, played by 33 percussionists.
Artworks that have been created especially for the centre include this piece, which resembles a 19th-century prairie school. Built using local willow it is intended to evoke a dreamlike atmosphere settling over a class.
Domo, designed by Ensamble Studio, is 98ft long, 16ft tall and features a series of three caverns. The site’s developers have created 3.5 miles of walking trails so that visitors can see all the artwork.
A more detailed look at Ensamble Studio’s Beartooth Portal, which is 25ft tall. Among ecological measures factored in to opening the site to visitors, project leaders oversaw the construction an 80,000-watt solar canopy to power and charge the electric vehicles that will take visitors and staff all over the ranch.
The 100-seat Tiara venue has a partial ceiling and no walls, which enables panoramic views of Montana’s rolling hills and Beartooth Mountain. Performances showcase the centre’s collection of pianos, which includes the recently acquired CD-18, the concert piano of Vladimir Horowitz and Eugene Istomin.