Structures of Landscape – Fishtail, MT

Design Team: Ensemble Studio
Owner: Tippet Rise Art Center
Completion Date: 2016

Structures of Landscape is an art installation of three enormous concrete sculptures, DomoBeartooth Portal, and Inverted Portal, at Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Montana. At the base of the Beartooth Mountains, the Art Center spans across an 11,500 acre working cattle and sheep ranch. Each sculpture was carefully placed within the landscape. To bring these sculptures to fruition, BCE Structural engineers had to utilize far reaching creativity and ingenuity. Challenges on this project spawned from the monumental scale of the sculptures, the irregular shapes of the pieces, and the unique approach to design and construction, all while maintaining the artistic integrity of the installation. 

Watch how it came to life as captured by Ensemble Studio.

BCE's work on this unique project was recognized by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations' (NCSEA) Outstanding Project for Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in 2016.

Additionally, this art installation and Tippet Rise Art Center have received substantial press:

Beartooth Portal photo courtesy of Ensemble Studio.

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