LongHouse Reserve Gardens, East Hampton

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There are a variety of things to do on the Eastern end of Long Island yet I never seem to do them.  Good news is my friend bought a group of tickets for us to all go on a tour of the LongHouse Reserve Gardens.  She has gone on a few trips with the man who is the Executive Director of the organization. 

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The story of how the gardens began is one that people say to themselves, wow I wish I had done that.  Around 1970, Jack Lenor Larsen, purchased 20 acres of land that is now called the LongHouse Reserve Gardens.  Over time he created a non-profit organization around the grounds and created these awesome gardens. 

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The gardens are filled with sculptures.  It is insanely beautiful. 

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Here is some of the photos that I captured.  Trust me, my photos do not do this beautiful oasis justice.

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There were 5-6 of these statues around this round grass structure that looked like the final high bump at a putt-putt facility.

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There were a few pieces wrapped around a few trees that were made out of safety pins by the artist Tamiko Kawata.

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Chinese contemporary warriors in the rock garden by Yue Minjun.

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Sculpture by Sol LeWitt

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Peace by Yoko Ono. 

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This incredible black mirror reflecting pool with a cross in the middle that the water runs through.  There are black and white fiberglass shapes around this area by Jack Youngerman.

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The tree with legs made me laugh.  Yoan Capote.

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We toured Larsons house after the gardens.  This view is from his balcony that looked over the lily pond. 

I found the house depressing and cold.  Filled with tons of art but not a place I can imagine living in.  Kind of a letdown.  If you can definitely go see the gardens.  They are magnificent.  Pass on the house.