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Andrew Michler

Incredible Big Bambú Tower Sprouts at the edge of Venice's Grand Canal

by , 06/08/11
filed under: Art, gallery

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The Starns explain how their 2010 Big Bambu installation at the MET in New York became the seed for this new undertaking: “we are grafting a new Big Bambú and using 1,000 poles from the Met as stem cells, the Venice piece will still be the Metropolitan piece but also a new one”. They also brought in 2000 additional bamboo poles grown in southern France to feed the project. Much of the original project is now used for the platforms and walkways.

The bamboo edifice is currently erected next to the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the grounds of the old US consulate along the Grand Canal. Its presence is a bit jarring in the old, immaculately designed city – bamboo poles cross each other in a seemly chaotic weave that organically rises up to the skyline. Simple rope lashes all of the joints together. A small path is laid within the spiral, adding modest egress to the 50-foot-high platform made of bamboo salvaged from the previous incarnation of the project.

The work is intended to inspire the qualities of growth and change. Since it has been placed in a city that is under tremendous pressure to adapt to a shifting environment, the Big Bambu serves as an apt metaphor.

+ Starn Studios

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  1. soeland June 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Actually in Barcelona will take place a Workshop about this , is construction with Arundo donax, it seems very interesting because it use a different technic ,it appears in this web http://www.krfr-1.com/SEEDcat/WS/2011/CANYA-dossier-SEED.pdf
    :)

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