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A sculpture called (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A sculpture called "Soldiers" is on display in a field at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill

Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill is a 95-acre privately owned sculpture garden in the Hamptons open for occasional public tours of the 30-plus massive installations. Nova's Ark was the brainchild of the late Nova Mihai Popa, a Transylvania native who moved to Water Mill in 1986 with companion Tundra Wolf. Popa lived and worked there until his death in 2009 and all the artwork on the site is Popa's.

The Salome Chamber Orchestra performs in the barn
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Salome Chamber Orchestra performs in the barn at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Sculptures,
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Sculptures, "Milky Way" in the foreground, and "The Soldiers" (rear), are on display in a field at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

A sculptures called
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A sculptures called "Embrace of the Sun" are on display in a field at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

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Attendees gather at the Nova's Ark Project for
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Attendees gather at the Nova's Ark Project for a tour of the enormous sculptures and a concert inside the barn in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

A sculpture called
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A sculpture called "Soldiers" is on display in a field at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Dr. Reid Strieby of the Nova's Ark Project
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Dr. Reid Strieby of the Nova's Ark Project speaks with guests during a tour and concert in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

A horse drawn carriage carrying visitors rides by
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A horse drawn carriage carrying visitors rides by a sculpture called "Pyramid" at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Tundra Wolf, the executive director of the Nova's
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Tundra Wolf, the executive director of the Nova's Ark Project, poses with a sculpture called "Drum Series" during a tour and concert in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

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A sculpture called
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

A sculpture called "Settlers" is on display in a field at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Visitors walk among the sculptures,
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Visitors walk among the sculptures, "Soldiers", left, and "Settlers", right, at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Attendees gather at the Nova's Ark Project for
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Attendees gather at the Nova's Ark Project for a tour of the sculptures and a chamber concert inside the barn in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Members of the Salome Chamber Orchestra pause in
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Members of the Salome Chamber Orchestra pause in the barn before giving their concert at the Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Aug. 30, 2012)

Kiara Zambari, 19, from Southold and Henry Avila,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Kiara Zambari, 19, from Southold and Henry Avila, 29, from Greenport visit the sculpture titled, 'Settlers' at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill. (Sept. 15, 2012)

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