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“Like nothing else”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Opus 40

Opus 40
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Saugerties
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Owner description: This sculpture park was intended to house the works of the designer, but the setting itself became the artist's masterwork. It is possible to visit by appointment on non-open days.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Like nothing else”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

A must see if you're in the Woodstock area. Incredibly unique and beautiful. Great place for a picnic. Like nothing you'll ever see anywhere else. Feels like a set in Star Trek.

Visited September 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is unique and beautiful quarry and sculpture park. Its hard to describe but fascinating as is the story of Harvey Fite who created it. Well worth a trip.

Visited August 2012
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State College, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting, and a huge endeavor, but not an outstanding piece of art.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We had heard so much about Opus 40 that we even extended a trip to the Hudson River area to see it. As the sign at the entrance says, it is only open on "Fridays, some Saturdays and Sundays" May to Oct. The brochure claims it is open on Thursdays, but when we called to check, it is not open on Thursdays.

Brendan Gill of the Architectural Digest described it as "“Opus 40 is a cousin of Stonehenge and the long since vanished Hanging Gardens of Babylon.” It isn't even close, IMHO. Given Gill's effusive comments, we had expected several towering sculptures scattered through the forests ovelooking the Catskills, but instead found it to be a relatively small work, covering about 6 acres, which is smaller than you think, and largely all in one arrangement with some sculptures around it in one overall clearing.

There is no doubt that Harvey Fite was a fine sculptor and educator @ nearby Bard, and this work which took 37 years to complete from many, many pieces of bluestone from the quarry, was a huge endeavor of assembly and arrangement, but it does not rise to the level of outstanding art or sculpture. Fite does have several excellent pieces of sculpture which he created around the place; some are better than Opus 40, in my opinion. Opus 40 is good, interesting, yes, but not great sculpture, despite what Brandon Gill said.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A very interesting diversion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

This little-known 6 & 1/2 acre sculpture is a bit off the beaten path, but is worth seeking out for fans of earthworks, abstract sculpture, the history of modern art, or quarry and stonecutting history. It's also good for families with kids (I'd say ages 8 and up will probably enjoy it most).

Signage is nearly non-existent leading up to the site -- look for the one small sign off the main road to Saugerties that says "Opus 40". Once you are on the hilly, curvy road to the site itself, keep looking for the small sign that will be at about fender level at the turnoff. The site is a very short ride from the turnoff.

Bring water, especially if it is a hot day. Do not expect much in the way of facilities -- there is a small gift shop/reception space that includes a brief photo exhibit chronicling the site's history -- and a few tables and chairs for enjoying a picnic. There's also the quarryman's museum -- an interesting collection of stone cutting tools.

You'll probably spend about an hour here.

Visited August 2012
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“Opus 40 Is Truly Unique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

Opus 40 was the creation of a sculptor, but it is hard to describe. Check out the website, so you can see for yourself. It is an adventure unlike any other. You must enjoy walking and climbing to get the most out of the experience. It has the challenging quality of a maze, and the mystery of a cave. The museum with the stone tools is interesting too.

Visited August 2012
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