Monday, June 7, 2010

MUST SEE-BIG BAMBU AT THE MET


New York in the summer- so much to see and do!  This past Friday evening, I met friends for cocktails on the rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum and was completely capitvated by the latest installation "Big Bambu: You Can't, You Won't, and You Don't Stop." 
You won't want to miss this brilliant collaboration of architecture and sculpture, a creation of Doug and Mike Starn, 48-year-old fraternal twins who have been collaborating since they were teenagers. Entering the rooftop garden, visitors are met with what looks like a giant game of pickup sticks, rising dramatically against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Using 5,000 bamboo poles and 50 miles of climbing rope, Big Bambu is a progressive sculpture that makes up a giant wave that crests some 50 feet above the Met's rooftop. It won't ever reach a "completed" state but instead will be continually built and modified by the artists and a team of rock climbers, who were recruited to fasten the poles together by perching, climbing and hanging in the structure for 10 hours a day.
Make your way to the rooftop garden after an afternoon in the museum for a refreshing cocktail and stunning visual display or...


reserve a spot and climb Big Bambu with an experienced guide, who will lead you and about 14 other "thrill seekers" on guided tours along the elevated, roller-coastery pathways that travel into and above the sculpture.

I plan to come back without stilettos for the guided tour!


Big Bambu runs through October 31st and is a must for visitors and locals alike!

7 comments:

Town and Country Mom said...

Amazing! I do hope you get to take the walking/climbing tour!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I had heard about this but these are the first photos I've seen. This looks so neat. You have to let us know what it is like to climb that.

Hampton said...

Stephanie--bring the kids (if they are over 10) lots of fun!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

This is amazing! Wish I lived closer..

Pemberley said...

Wow! Worth a trip into the City.

The Shiny Pebble said...

What a fantastic installation. I love bigger then life art. It is made even more interesting by its usually short life.

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I have been in many places where have built some structures with Bambu , in my opinion the most important is The installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is conceived as a giant wave cresting over the rooftop!!22dd