the met Museum part 2, big Bambu

July 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings


Like last year’s visit to the spectacular Neto installation at the Park Avenue Armory, Big Bambu is a massive site-specific installation by Doug and Mike Starn for the rooftop garden at the Met. Part sculpture and part installation art, the bamboo structure is being continuously built from opening day in late April up until October by a group of artists and rock climbers. This work is one of those pieces you need to see in person in order to appreciate the complexity of the structure and the way the light playfully filters and dances through the intricate lacework that is created by the interlocking bamboo poles. It’s possible to climb the installation through a series of winding staircases and platforms that are being built into the structure, but you need to grab one of the limited guided tours in order to do so (to the big disappointment of the girls).

We couldn’t have picked a better day to come. Wednesday was the first day that the heatwave broke and we were treated to a sunny and comfortable day that couldn’t have been more perfect. The view from the rooftop garden overlooking Central Park and the surrounding buildings was a view that I hadn’t seen in about 20 years. Visiting an installation by the Starn twins on that roof also seemed fitting as I remember their rise as stars in the art world in the late 80s from my high school and early college days – their taped photographic assemblages to me, in many ways, represented the art of that era. It’s interesting to see how their work has evolved over the last 25 years from those early photo works to these large scale installations. That evolution and the fact that the brothers, who are identical twins, have remained a creative partnership for so long is sort of awe inspiring. But this is what art does. It inspires, it transports, it confuses, it confronts, it makes you think and seek out more. Maybe the girls will have a recollection of all this someday, beyond the funny butt jokes. Maybe Claudine will remember how the filtered sunlight inspired her to put on a dance under the bamboo ceiling, way up high on a roof one perfect summer day in NY.

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  • Manya July 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

    You always have something inspiring to show. Thank you. I have to say, though, that the two older ladies in one of the pictures….well, what can I say…simply beautiful!

  • vesna July 2, 2010 at 6:37 am

    the last pfoto is absolutelly fantastic!

  • Michelle July 2, 2010 at 6:59 am

    A lovely way to start my morning — thank you! And to see Claudine transported by the art around her; what could be better than that?

  • Roos July 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Great post! And even greater pictures (part 1 as well). Wish I could be in NY to experience this installation 😉

  • Chuzai Living July 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I’ve looked at all the photos and read some of your posts since June 11! I used to check your blog everyday, but because of our big move from DC to Southeast Asia (and we’re still in transition) I haven’t been able to come check your blog for this long! Your photos are gorgeous as always! I haven’t been able to find time to check blogs I usually go to and I realized how much I missed them! I hope the rest of the summer in NY won’t be as harsh as it has been.

  • monica of hola!design July 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

    WOW this installation looks awesome! I have to go the Met soon!

  • Caddy July 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

    That installation looks lovely and amazing and I would love to visit it one day!

    Claudine and Mia are adorable as always!

  • bronwyn July 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love the Starn twins and I love Claudine’s dance. Just beautiful.

  • emmy July 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    The last picture just made me sooo happy! Thanks Jenna, I really needed that today!!!!

  • Selkie July 3, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Beautiful, thank you. I agree re Starn Twins 25yrs ago. As an 24 yr museum educator, I can say the research points out that these memories will be vivid for children as they grow, as long as you don’t push them past the end of their attention while there. For some that is 10 minutes: 90 is good! Children that happily visit museums tend to visit all their lives. (and all of them make the jokes: great way to start/continue the conversations about nude bodies.) Get them drawing in the galleries; I have a framed 4′ sq Buddha my son drew when he was 5 years old. I treasure it.

  • elaineganmaclaine July 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Love the last photo… Sisterly bond.. Sweet!

  • kate naughton July 4, 2010 at 6:06 am

    sorry jenna i know you get a lot of these but where are the girls dresses from? love them both! they look adorable

  • scentual soundtracks July 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Wonderful post! You inspire me to make sure that I’m extra diligent to capture all of the moments in my children’s lives, once my husband and I have them. Have a great week.

  • Alison C July 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Great to see the pictures. I heard about this a while ago and have been feeling envious of you New Yorkers every time I think about it! We need cool stuff like this in Toronto!

  • Jenna July 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Kate, these dresses are from my friends’ lines: Ismodern and Golden NY

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