The roof at the Metropolitan Museum is that perfect union of creative process and capitalism. It has an unparalleled view of Central Park, a cocktail bar and rotating interactive art installations. The latest is Doug + Mike Starn’s bamboo structure, Big Bambú, that has been a work in process since Spring. It’s final size is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high and needed a team of rock climbers to build it.
With an organized tour, you can climb through the structure via the bamboo stairs and ramps built into it:
According to the description, “Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Big BambÃº suggests the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism.” But what I appreciated most was the evidence of construction that was left on the rooftop, adjacent to the structure: a ladder, a storage of 40 foot bamboo poles, a makeshift tarp:
Here are some of the scenes you can catch while exploring Big Bambú. It is at once chaotic, systematic, expansive, claustrophobic, isolated and integrated with the city that surrounds it.