Big Bambú: A changing jungle atop the Met

August 2, 2010 3:54:27 PM PDT
It's quite a site on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum. A giant installation involving thousands of pieces of bamboo, but it won't be there for long.

Big Bambú is a new exhibit in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden created by twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn specifically for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It will be at the Met through October 31.

The Starns move like cats through the installation, which with each passing hour changes. A team of rock climbers is always working on Big Bambú.

The artwork is created by pieces that morph into a massive cresting wave held together with close to 70 miles of rock climbing rope. When it's finished, the artists will have used 6800 bamboo poles, grown on farms in Georgia and South Carolina.

Visitors can view the exhibit from the rooftop garden or take guided tours. Right now, the tour takes visitors 25 feet above the roof deck, but eventually the bamboo pathways will carry you 40 feet high. You can feel the reeds moving under your feet.

Wondering through the maze down below is just as impressive.

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