Founded in 1978, Opus 40 is an earthwork sculpture park and museum located in Saugerties (Ulster County), New York. We bring natural and creative resources to the public through a park, museum, performance space and educational facility. Each year we offer a range of events and programs on our remarkable site.
Visitors can walk through, around, and over our 6½-acre sculpture, from the deepest recesses of its subterranean pathways (16 feet below ground) and up to the nine-ton monolith that is the epicenter and summit of the sculpture (three stories above ground).
Opus 40 is an awe-inspiring total artistic environment. Architectural Digest calls Opus 40 “one of ‘the most beguiling works of art on the entire continent,’ ...a monument to discipline and hard work.” A National Historic Register site, Opus 40 is a remarkable aggregate of Hudson Valley attractions. It can be seen equally as a sculptural tour de force, a showcase of natural beauty (from 50 acres of forest trails to vistas of the Catskill Mountains to geological timelines), an exploration of local history, and a premiere outdoor performance venue.
Rolling Stone Magazine described our site as “the best outdoor performance venue in the Northeast.” Since our inception, we have welcomed performers including Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Happy Traum, Sonny Rollins, the Felice Brothers, Jimmy Cliff, Opera Ebony and theater stagings ranging from Macbeth to Hair – all on the site of our sculpture. In total the performers at Opus 40 have garnered 93 Grammy Awards, 8 NEA Awards, 1 Academy Award, 1 National Medal of Arts, and 1 McArthur “Genius “Award.
Each year we welcome some 10,000 local residents and visitors to our sculpture park, museum and gallery. Our programming serves another 5,000 guests.