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Created 1-Oct-12
Modified 10-Aug-21
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This is a small selection of photographs taken at Harvey Fite's sculpture park Opus 40. Fite (1903 - 1976) was one of the co-founders of Bard College's Fine Arts Department. He purchased a decommissioned bluestone quarry between Saugerties and Woodstock in 1938, and projected to labor in it for exactly 40 years. An accident shortened this projection by 3 years. What he created over 37 years of toiling, tunneling, excavation and accummulation constitutes a "labyrinthine world of finely fitted stone, swirling stone ramps and terraces constructed around pools and trees and fountains, rising out of bedrock a half mile deep."

Fite's world was opened to the public in 1978. It includes the sculpture park, the Fite's private residence, and a (very interesting) Quarryman's Museum. It was designated the status of a National Historic Site, too.

Visited September 28, 2012, and again May 17, 2014. Cameras used: Fuji S5, Leica M9 and Samsung EX1. Files variously processed in LR4/5, PS5, and SFX2.

Thomas H. Hahn
Ithaca, NY

* Quoted from the official Opus 40 website at

Guestbook for Opus 40 (Woodstock,NY)
Robert Ballard, Stone and Water Gardens(non-registered)
Opus 40 is a favorite place in the Hudson Valley to visit! Always inspiring! These are some of the best pics I have seen! Thank you!
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