While driving up Millstone Road in Water Mill to the Hamptons Show House, I was astonished to catch a glimpse of large-scale sculptures in a meadow. A stop at this site, Nova’s Ark Project, was the real event of the day.
Almost everyone knows about Storm King, but this 95-acre sculpture park, even more accessible, could be one of New York’s best-kept secrets. Nova’s Ark Project, I’ve learned, was the labor of love of Nova Mihai Popa, a Romanian-born artist who died in 2009. Nova, a successful painter, muralist and sculptor in Romania, came to America and pursue artistic freedom. He found it here in Water Mill, where he created and sited his monumental works among fields, horses, sheep and barns. The website lists public visiting hours, the days and times Nova’s Ark is open for tours for a $10 admission fee, but the other afternoon the gate was wide open and we were able to drive in, park, walk around and take pictures for a magical hour just before sunset. No one else was there.
Dig-It-Blog, more than a personal diary of my own garden through the seasons and the years, is way to record my travels and, I hope, introduce readers to places I’ve discovered and love. In that category are attempts to reveal venues in the Hamptons that are free or low-cost and open to the public. To that end, my posts “Garden Visits in the Hamptons” and “More Gardens in the Hamptons: Where the Signs Say “Welcome’” are perennially popular. I especially hope that today’s post will inspire you to take a drive out Route 27 (not on a Friday afternoon) and explore the treasures that are waiting for you right out in the open, not hidden behind tall hedges and locked gates.