OHNY intern Kathleen got to climb on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Friday, to view the latest garden installation: Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Won’t and You Don’t Stop.

Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Won’t and You Don’t Stop.

Twin brothers and artists, Doug + Mike Starn initially conceived of a bamboo structure, heavily incorporating movement and constant change, in Beacon, NY.  The monumental exhibit on the roof garden of the MET does not physically change position but features an elaborate bamboo construct, with unique sculptural, architectural and performance elements.

Bamboo pathways wind throughout the installation

When it is complete, the piece will have fifty miles of rock climbing rope holding together five thousand 30-40ft long bamboo poles! To construct the piece, the artists hired rock climbers and gave them guidelines for their vision of the final design but also allowed the piece to take on unexpected turns.

They are continuously adding to the structure, ducking in-between, above and below the bamboo poles, performing–if you will–from great heights.  Visitors are also invited to the performance, weaving in and around the arterial pathways of the sculpture as it develops, allowing a new perspective of the New York City skyline.

Visitors pause for a view from one of the bamboo ramps

However, in order to climb the exhibit, be sure to wear appropriate footwear and get in line for one of the guided tours.  Tours are every half hour from 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm daily. Ticket information, guidelines and additional tour times available at the MET website.

Arrive early to get tickets for one of the guided tours and walk through the installation!

A continuously evolving six month project, the piece will eventually reach a height of 50 feet on the eastern side and 40 feet on the western side.  Featured recently in a PBS SundayArts video, the artists stated: “This piece is built on a principle of chaos and interconnection and interdependence. Chaos is consistent with this idea of a society as built by so many interconnected and interwoven elements…it was our natural feeling about this that led us to the idea that, if that is the way society works, then a structure can work the same way.”

A new perspective

More photos available here!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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