Big Bambu at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current installation of Big Bambu created by Doug + Mike Starn is an exhilerating experience to climb on the Met’s sculpture garden rooftop. The 4,000 pieces of bamboo frame the structure that lifts you above the tree tops of Central Park, Manhattan. The work is still in progress by the Starns and rock climbers who rope the different bamboos together. Madake, a Japanese bamboo, is the primary building bamboo. Meyeri, which is thinner and more flexible, and the larger moso bamboo are also used in the sculpture. For the special tour into the soaring sculpture with no anchor to the roof, wear rubber, closed shoes to walk the stalks of bamboo from South Carolina and Georgia, some of which age to 100 years old.