Forget about health & safety: this is for fun. All summer long you can climb and wander amongst 10,000 bamboo poles on the site of the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, Israel. Artists Doug and Mike Starn have created this massive sculpture ( is it?) which is 52 feet high and covers more than 7,500 square feet.
Called 5,000 Arms to Hold You, it's been in the making since April. The artists worked with 25 rock climbers who used 80,000 meters of climbing rope and not a single architectural sketch.
But don't be deceived: the artists don't care. As they explain:"The concept of Big Bambú has nothing to do with bamboo; it represents the invisible architecture of life and living things."
However the nature of the material inspired the work. The bamboo is light-weight and flexible, but also strong and durable. This enabled them to develop this conceptual work into reality.
The brothers are identical twins and some think this may have an impact on the way that they work. It's an inter-active piece: visitors can climb in and up and around the sculpture. There are platforms within, so that the world can be viewed from inside looking out and vice versa. It will be illuminated at night, which should be stunning to see.
There was no initial design or plan: the brothers, along with the team of rock climbers, worked with the flexibility and durability of the bamboo: shaping the project on a daily basis.
One brother explains: "Big Bambú represents the invisible architecture of life and living things. It is the random interdependence of moments, trajectories intersecting, and actions becoming interaction, creating growth and change.” The other adds: “It is philosophic engineering, a demonstration of chaotic interdependence."
They are a pair to watch. In 2010 they did their first bamboo project on the roof of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it was the ninth most attended exhibition in the Museum’s history. Since then they have created bamboo pieces for the 2011 Venice Biennale and in Japan