Cathy and Peter Halstead were in search of a site for Tippet Rise, which would become a place to transcend boundaries between music, land art, sculpture and architecture. And when they came across the “vast rolling hills, gentle canyons and alpine tundra surrounded by pools and meadows, this was the most amazing landscape we had ever found.”
We met Cathy a painter, and Peter a pianist, on a gusty day, atop one of the many hills that make up Tippet Rise. Their hair, wild and enthusiastic blew through the same wind that carried the sound of Stravinsky’s Patrushka across the rolling landscape. Playing the piece was Taiwanese pianist, Jenny Chen who took shelter under an acoustically perfect, prehistoric-looking pavilion created by the Spanish architects, Ensemble.
At Tippet Rise, music and art are one reality, just in separate forms. It’s a place where architects like Ensemble can “think with their hands” and sculptors and installation artists create site-specific compositions that erase the typical boundaries between nature, art and architecture.
Jessica Collins and Iwan Baan