ART
Bridgette Meinhold

The Roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Sprouts a Bamboo Forest

by , 04/26/10

metropolitan museum of art, met, art installation, bamboo, starn brothers, bamboo scaffolding, bamboo installation, eco art, green design, sustainable building, renewable materials, art, nyc, new york city, green materialsPhoto credit: Mike & Doug Starn on Metropolitan Museum of Art Flickr

The New York Times tells us that the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently bursting forth with a beautiful new installation made completely out of bamboo. Designed by identical twin artists the Starn Brothers, “Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop” is a growing scaffolding-like exhibit that starts tomorrow. Doug and Mike Starn have been working with rock climbers to lash bamboo poles together to create a jungle of bamboo on top of the museum, which will continue to grow and develop all through the summer.

metropolitan museum of art, met, art installation, bamboo, starn brothers, bamboo scaffolding, bamboo installation, eco art, green design, sustainable building, renewable materials, art, nyc, new york city, green materialsPhoto credit: Mike & Doug Starn on Metropolitan Museum of Art Flickr

Doug and Mike, who may be more well known for their photography, have been working on their own bamboo installation in their studio, which was the impetus for this new installation at the Met. The growing scaffolding of bamboo is a carefully planned sculpture that was designed with the help of an architect as well as approval from the NYC Building Department and other city agencies. It’s a combination of art, sculpture and architecture, that the artists compare to “the arteries in your body or in the city subway system.” Bamboo was chosen because it is light weight, strong, can withstand inclement weather.

The installation will consist of 5,000 poles of bamboo sourced from a farm in Georgia and a century-old plantation in South Carolina, and they will be lashed together with 50 miles worth of colorful nylon rope. Visitors to the museum may even have a chance to walk around on the scaffolding, assuming they are fit and wearing proper footwear. From the roof, the typical views of the Manhattan skyline are obscured, but the scaffolding, which will reach 50 feet high during the summer, will give visitors a bird’s eye view or maybe even the feeling that they’re part of a high rise construction project. When the installation is taken down in October, the artists plan on reusing the bamboo in some form or another.

+ Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú

+ Starn Studio

Via NYTimes.com

Photo credits: Librado Romero/The New York Times & Doug & Mike Starn on Met Flickr

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


1 Comment

  1. Stunning Bamboo Forest ... July 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    [...] erected their “Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t and You Won’t Stop” installation. We last reported on the installation back in April, and we recently had a chance to take some exclusive photographs to show the remarkable [...]

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home