mike + doug starn: big bambu at the venice biennale
‘big bambú’ by mike and doug starn of starn studio, venice, italy
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currently on display at the 54th venice biennale is ‘big bambú’, an evolutionary and complex structure by american artists and brothers mike and doug starn. previously installed on the roof of the metropolitan museum of art in new york – where it ranked forth in the world for total attendance of a contemporary exhibition in 2010 – the piece is being presented as an
official collateral exhibition, part of a special project by glasstress. sculptural and experiential, the hollow bamboo structure features a spiraling and undulating trail which leads visitors to an expansive lounge fifty feet above the grand canal. meandering through the courtyard of casa artom next to the peggy guggenheim collection, the organic and woven maze remains in a state of constant flux, complete but never at rest. the artists, along with a crew of eleven rock climbers, will continue to lash together more than 3,000 bamboo poles, extending the pathway upwards and adding an additional
fifteen to twenty feet of height until the dismantling – expected to last two weeks – begins on june 18th.