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Around Town : Big Bambu at the Met

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If you haven't already seen the Big Bambu installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you have until the end of this month to see the ever-growing bamboo structure.  Not only is it an incredible display of art and craft, this 50-feet-high, 100-feet-long bamboo construction is functioning architecture- you can actually take guided tours all the way to the top!  Started in late April, and finished in late October, this work has been constantly evolving throughout the exhibition, so each visit is guaranteed to be a bit different.

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The bamboo poles are secured with rock-climbing rope.

1 The bamboo poles are secured with rock-climbing rope.

Can you believe this wild web of bamboo is sturdy enough to hold a group of people?

2 Can you believe this wild web of bamboo is sturdy enough to hold a group of people?

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The pattern of this bamboo path reminds me of a flowing stream.

4 The pattern of this bamboo path reminds me of a flowing stream.

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The best part is that you can touch the structure—you can even climb to the top with a guided tour.

7 The best part is that you can touch the structure—you can even climb to the top with a guided tour.

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Comments (2)

  • I could use something like that in the garden, to hold my peonies up in the spring!

  • Amazing! When interning in Shanghai, some local construction still uses bamboo to build their scaffolding- 10 stories high tied with thin cord. When they are taking down the scaffolding, they slice thru the rope with a machete, and it all tumbles down.

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