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March 26, 2019

In a story published in the February/March 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveler, journalist Eve Conant calls Tippet Rise the “wildest, windiest, and most wonderful combination of nature and art, of shared music and private moments, of impossible structures trucked in, hauled up, built on-site, and in some cases literally created from the earth below my feet—all seemingly dropped from the sky.”

A staff writer and editor at National Geographic, Eve spent several days at the art center last summer, during our third season of classical music concerts and sculpture tours. While she was here, she hiked the land, dined in Will’s Shed, attended concerts, and interviewed visitors, musicians and Tippet Rise team members, from the “keeper of the keys”—our piano tuner, Mike Toia—to the art center’s founders, Peter and Cathy Halstead. And she explored:

“… Tippet Rise is unlike any art gallery I’ve ever been to,” she writes. “You don’t take steps between the artworks; you traverse miles of gravel roads and connecting trails, your view of each piece changing with your distance from it. What looks like a lonely sentinel from afar becomes, up close, a playful giant offering shade. Nothing is what it appears to be.”

The article, richly illustrated with photographs by the Colorado-based photographer, James Florio, is now available on National Geographic’s website. With its playful, evocative writing and gorgeous images, we’re so thrilled to share a link to it, below. Thank you, Eve, James and National Geographic Traveler!

Photo by James Florio.