The Inverted Portal

One of three structures of landscape created by Ensamble Studio for Tippet Rise

By Tippet Rise Art Center

The Inverted Portal (2016-07-06) by Yevgeny Sudbin, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Created in 2015, the Inverted Portal is the second of the three sculptures by Ensamble Studio for Tippet Rise.

Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa (2014) by Antón García-Abril, ArtistTippet Rise Art Center

The Artists

Partners Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa lead the team at Ensamble Studio that blurs the lines between land, art, architecture, structure and sculpture. Using found materials, their work transcends architectural boundaries and time periods to produce a pure and direct emotional impact. Learn more at www.ensamble.info.

The Inverted Portal in the Snow (2019-02-21) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Like Ensamble Studio's other works at Tippet Rise, the Inverted Portal was cast from the land beneath it: two large concrete forms dug from the earth on which the sculpture now stands.

Ensamble Studio presents Structures of Landscape at Tippet Rise Art Center (2016-08-25) by Ensamble Studio, ArtistTippet Rise Art Center

A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating Ensamble Studio's three structures of landscape.

The Inverted Portal (2017-10-16) by James Florio, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Ensamble Studio's works at Tippet Rise map a constellation on the land. They emerge autochthonously from the earth, visceral manifestations of nature.

The Inverted Portal (2017-10-17) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The Inverted Portal measures 40' 2 1/4" x 17' 11 3/4" x 22' 5 1/2" and each side of the sculpture weighs over 200 tons.

Cows at the Inverted Portal (2017-07-01) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Tippet Rise is a working cattle and sheep ranch. Elk, deer and antelope roam the landscape, too. Creatures of all kinds seek shelter beneath Ensamble Studio's sculptural structures.

The Inverted Portal (2018-12-01) by James Florio, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

And atop them.

The Inverted Portal (2018-12-01) by James Florio, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The Inverted Portal (2018-05-18) by James Florio, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The Inverted Portal's texture was formed by the wrinkles in the plastic tarp that held the concrete in its form as it cured.

The Inverted Portal in Winter (2017-02-04) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Ensamble Studio's works at Tippet Rise are equal parts concert space, sculpture, and land art.

The Inverted Portal and the Beartooth Portal (2016-07-07) by Yevgeny Sudbin, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The portals' primitive qualities, rawness, and geological expression inspire a fascinating exchange with the natural surroundings, and with each other.

The Inverted Portal (2016-03-16) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

"Just one of the slabs can be measured in hundreds of thousands of pounds, one side of which, as my guide (and Tippet director of operations) Pete Hinmon calculates, weighs about the same as '400 grand pianos.'"
-National Geographic Traveler

The Inverted Portal (2019-03-21) by Emily Rund, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Ensamble Studio's works at Tippet Rise "are striking because they mirror the landscape rather than offering your usual contemporary juxtaposition that highlights the differences between the art and the scenery."
-Slate magazine

Credits: Story

Photography by: Erik Petersen, James Florio, Emily Rund, Yevgeny Sudbin

Writing by: Alexis Adams

Exhibit by: Emily Rund, Sarah Lanier

Sculpture by: Ensamble Studio

Support from:

Lindsey Hinmon
Managing Director, Programs

Melissa Moore
Communications and Administration Manager

Alexis Adams
Publications Administrator

Emily Rund
Filmmaker and Production Coordinator

Pete Hinmon
Managing Director, Operations

Peter & Cathy Halstead
Co-Founders of Tippet Rise

Credits: All media
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