August 21, 2010

"Big Bambú" On the Roof at The Met

The summer art season is winding down and many of the big shows are closing so that the fall exhibitions can be installed. But one special museum work has actually grown over the summer and will continue to expand until the end of October when it will finally be dismantled. What is this marvelous magical piece? It is "Big Bambú" a site-specific installation now on view on the Roof Garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Conceived and created by the artists Doug and Mike Starn, identical twins who work collaboratively in a variety of media, this is the thirteenth consecutive summer installation on the Roof Garden, and probably the most spectacular. Visitors exit the elevator and step into a forest of bamboo poles, some measuring 50' in height, that cover the Roof Garden in a dense thicket. Hundreds of poles are lashed together with nylon rope creating a maze and providing a natural canopy of a seemingly haphazard construction.

This is a true participation piece as visitors walk among the "trees" enjoying the beautiful view of Central Park from a totally different perspective. Intrepid souls can book ahead for a special tour which includes a walk along the interior paths that hover 20-40 feet above the roof while more passive observers like myself can stay closer to terra firma with a cold drink from the rooftop cafe.

"Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop" is part sculpture, part architecture and part performance piece but it is 100% pleasure to visit!

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