Standing underneath the thousand cubic tons of concrete that make up the Domo, one can see three of Montana's most beautiful mountain ranges. To the Southwest, the Beartooth Mountains. Further away in the Northwest, the Crazies. Far away in the Southeast, the tiny silhouette of the Pryor Mountains in the distance. 

The Domo is a massive sculpture, one of many at Tippet Rise Art Center. Tippet Rise is a 12,000 acre working cattle and sheep ranch and a sculpture park, only open for part of the year on select days (its last day of the summer season was September 8, but it will re-open for several days in early and mid October for more van tours and events). The art center is in Fishtail, Montana, southwest of Absarokee and almost directly between Billings and Bozeman. 

Tippet Rise was founded in 2014 by Cathy and Peter Halstead, both from philanthropic families. The two met when they were only 16 years old. Cathy Halstead's father is Sidney Frank, of the Sidney Frank Importing Company. That name might not ring a bell, but the name Grey Goose vodka probably will. Frank is the reason Grey Goose is such a well-known name; he imported the luxury French vodka from the 1990s until 2004, when he sold the brand to Bacardi for an estimated price of $2.3 billion dollars (billion with a "b," as in one thousand million). Frank was famously philanthropic, donating huge amounts of money at a whim, and he instilled that value in his daughter Cathy. In 2010, Cathy and Peter bought the first plot of land that later grew and evolved into Tippet Rise Art Center. Aside from the massive sculptures dotting the land (nine in total), Tippet Rise hosts music events with its collection of Steinway pianos and geological talks during the summer months. Van tours are booked out months and months in advance, and music events are so popular that ticketholders are chosen through a lottery system. 

"We wanted sculptures that fit the land, that annotate the music, that connect with the sky, that work with the land," Peter wrote in "The Philosophy of Tippet Rise," a short ode included in the sleek pamphlet given to visitors. "So there's a sense of metaphor, of poetry, to music and sculpture at Tippet Rise." 

Three of the eight giant sculptures at the art center were created by Ensemble Studio, an art and architecture company based in Madrid, Spain. Others were created by Mark di Suvero (Proverb and Bethoven's Quartet), Stephen Talasnik (Satellite #5: Pioneer), and Alexander Calder (Two Discs and Stainless Stealer). Proverb is the most colorful work of art on Tippet Rise, its shock of orange in stark contrast to the grays and greens of the landscape. Satellite #5 is a tangle of yellow cedar logs, protected from possible wildfires with a solar-powered sprinkler system. Part of Bethoven's Quartet is created from a cold-bent giant slab of stainless steel. Visitors are encouraged to "play" the sculpture with big rubber mallets; the sound it makes is giant and ominous, ringing off the surrounding hills in a way that it sounds like the hills are making the sound. 

All of Tippet Rise feels both nostalgic and futuristic, like it's been there forever or like it arrived on a ship from the future. A large majority of the art center's power is provided by solar panels, and bikers and hikers scatter throughout the sculpture park even when the sky is threatening rain. "Tippet Rise is an adventure in multitasking," Peter wrote in "The Philosophy of Tippet Rise." It seems, by all accounts, to be a successful adventure.