Rock Hound Un-Henged
2021 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin
(9 May 1976, Hudson Valley NY) 1976 Retrospective.
Opus-40 is an ambitious stoneworks some compara to Stonehenge, flaunting six
(6+) acres of hand-built stone ridges, bridges, moats and
monuments. Quarried at the site by old dead guy Harvey Fite, his magnum
opus is a wild landscape of stoner madnesss!
Dry-stack stonework is a time-tested and durable technique. It’s how the
Roman arches hang together! And as goes the Roman Empire, so goes
Harvey Fite. Mr. Fite died at the age of 72 only
a few years short of completing the walls, ramps and stairways, placid
pools, murky moats and subterranean passageways of his dreams.
And how, you ask, did this stonemason bite the dust?
He died Darwin dumb, to be honest. While riding a lawn mower, Harvey zoomed
out onto a precipice and fell into his own stone quarry. And snap, just
like that he was stone dead! On the sunny side, this artist loved where
he lived & and died where he loved. Surely his heart still resides in
grace amazing place.
Gotta love a Darwin Award winner with such dedication in life and in
death. Today, forty years down that rocky road, his heirs and successors
are squabbling over his legacy according to the New York Times report that
brought this noble Darwin Award to our attention.