Rural Montana marks the spot for Tippet Rise Art Center, a place for classical entertainment amidst a stunning, natural landscape. Built on a working cattle and sheep ranch in Fishtail, the center’s recent premiere highlights its several artistic structures, developed from a master plan by the independent firm Arup six years in the making. Art pieces include an incredible inverted mountain, an open air music venue and sculptures by world famous artists.
The main feature is Oliver’s Music Barn, designed by Gunnstock Timber Frames and Arup engineers and collaborating with the art center’s director, Alban Bassuet. A 150-set concert hall and visitor center are found underneath the wooden-clad, gabled roof. An open air venue, named Tiara, is also a central part of the project. The wooden roof, held up by abstractly angled columns, is mean to echo performances’ acoustics right back at the audience and the surrounding Beartooth Mountains serve as breathtaking scenery.
Ensamble Studio was commissioned to create three architectural structures for the property. One of the structures, named Domo, is mean to represent an inverted mountain range, allowing guests to walk underneath stark peaks and intriguing caverns. Beartooth Portal and Inverted Portal, the other sculptures, incorporate two concrete formations leaning up against one another in a triangular fashion. Sculptures by Patrick Dougherty, Mark di Suvero and Stephen Talasnik, from the center’s permanent collection, are also featured.
On loan from the Smithsonian Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden are two works by Alexander Calder, Two Discs and The Stainless Stealer, which were originally created in the 1960s. Cathy and Peter Halstead, the center’s founders, stated, “After six years of planning and work and a lifetime of dreams, we are about to have the pure joy of opening Tippet Rise by adding the only element that’s still missing: the public.” Visitors are welcomed by geothermal hydrology systems and an upcoming 80,000 watt solar canopy to charge electric vehicles.
Images via Iwan Baan