Design Magic on Monday: Big Bambu

Due to technical glitches in my computer, I missed blogging about the Big Bambu last week.

My husband and I were able to sneak away for a NYC day, while our daughter stayed with Nonna and Papa.  In the morning I met with my client who is having me renovate her Florida bath.  Then we were off to Lincoln Center for an afternoon concert with the New York Philharmonic.

Following that, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a cocktail on the roof under the special installation Big Bambu.  It was the perfect night.  We visited several other exhibits, which I will show you in future posts.  But today is all about the magic of Big Bambu.

The one of a kind structure by identical twins, Doug and Mike Starn, measures 100 feet long by 50 feet wide by 50 feet high.  Yes, that is a ramp that you can take up or down on the guided tour.  I was wearing my oh so pretty cocktail sandals, which were not considered nearly practical enough so we will have to wait for our next trip and bring a pair of sneakers.

This is the view looking up and it’s pretty amazing to think that people walk on that structure made of 50,000 bamboo poles and 50 miles of nylon rope.  What’s most fascinating is that they are still in the process of building it – art meets architecture meets performance art?

The view of Central Park alone is worth the trip.  The continuing building of the installation is meant to “suggest the complexity and energy of an ever-changing organism.”

Because of the complexity and density of the poles at first I did not realize that I was taking a photo of the reflection on the glass wall of the museum.

A view of the steps up to the ramp.  Ready for an unusual urban trek?

I love to hear from you.  What are some of your favorite places to go in the city nearest you?

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2 Responses to “Design Magic on Monday: Big Bambu”

  1. Juliane Says:

    Among the many things I like to do in Toronto is visiting the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. It is a small museum that was opened in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner to house their collection of ancient American artefacts and European pottery and porcelain. The building itself is a work of art. I like to think that the Gardiners were such inveterate collectors that they no longer had enough room in their house to keep their collection. What a treat that they chose to share it with the public!


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