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Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú

Over the weekend, we stopped by The Met to catch up some much needed artistic inspiration. We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon the Big Bambú exhibit by Doug + Mike Starn (twin brothers from New Jersey). Created for the Iris and B.Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the monumental bamboo structure, measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high, has been an evolving work in progress since last spring. Set against Central Park, Big Bambú embodies the spirit of an “ever-changing living organism” as it grows and morphs everyday.

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Big Bambú is a series of 5,000 interlocking 30- and 40-foot-long fresh-cut bamboo poles, lashed together with 50 miles of nylon climbing rope. Artists and rock climbers will continue to build up the eastern portion of the sculpture to an elevation of 50 feet. By summer, the western portion of the sculpture will be about 40 feet high.

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Image via High Snobiety

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We were able to watch the actual construction of the massive exhibit, filled with climbers, creating a truly surreal experience for all involved. The growing “urban-climbing” trend has been gaining momentum over the last year or two in NYC, specifically due to the underground popularity of the Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym (which opened in 2009) on the edge of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.

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In Tokyo, “urban-climbing” is equally as important…an essential stop for any rock-rat is the Mammut climbing wall/retail space in Shibuya, which we visited back in May.

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In addition to actual physical climbing, high-end brands including Lanvin and like Miansai by Michael Saiger, are also incorporating climbing rope into accessories this season, definitely a material to keep an eye on.

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