An amphitheater your super-rich neighbors would envy for sure
August 13, 2010
This amphitheater owned by Barry and Fran Weissler, the producers of the superhit musical “Chicago
” may not be high-tech like the custom-made home theaters
we have covered, but it surely is one heck of a private outdoor theater. The couple commissioned famed artist Beverly Pepper to build the amphitheater at their Westchester home. When Mr. Weissler first saw the house in Waccabuc with its long run of meadow, he decided instantly to go for a private outdoor theater. The real estate features a land sculpture done by Beverly Pepper, which serves as the amphitheater. There are two gigantic hand-carved panels put into a grassy hillside, and they reach 16 feet in the center, thereby making for a backdrop for performers when the space is used as a theater. These panels are made of granite powder, a binder and concrete, and resemble huge granite stones.
Ms. Pepper, 87, who visits Waccabuc at times, said…
Their slant was the sculptural element that made the work as dramatic as possible. The curve fits into that lush background as a counterpoint to the formality of the garden.
There are concrete seats for the audience. Six tall steel pyramidal columns provide the light and to enhance the theater experience, they have set tiny lights onto the ground.
The couple, who made a fortune with their musical "Chicago," inaugurated the Waccabuc amphitheater with a concert by musicians from the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Pepper further said…
As I told Barry and Fran at great length, this is a sculpture that can be used as a theater, but at least 10 months a year it is a sculpture. If it were designed more as a theater than as a sculpture, it would have changed the dynamics.
Such land sculptures could cost from a few thousands to millions of dollars. However, Weisslers haven’t made public the cost of their Waccabuc amphitheater.