A Great Work in Stone

Starting at Stuyvesant Plaza on a sunny but crisp Sunday morning, close to twenty Porsches wound their way along some very entertaining roads to the Opus 40 sculpture park in Saugerties NY, the destination for April’s monthly drive. The park, a series of swirling ramps, terraces, walkways and pools set in an abandoned stone quarry was the life’s work of Harvey Fite, a founder of the fine arts department at Bard College. Fite, using techniques borrowed from the ancient Mayans, single-handedly cut millions of bluestones to create his great work which covers six and a half acres. Fite gave his life to the quarry and it eventually took his- he died at the age of 72 in an accidental fall onto the rocks. Opus 40 is open Thursday through Sunday on non-holiday weekends. The park also hosts special events which are listed on its website.

Photos from the drive…

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