Starn Studio - Big Bambú

Starn Studio raised a tower of bamboo more than 15 meters (50 ft) high as part of a collateral event within the 54th Venice Bienale.

In 2010, the office developed its first installation in the Big Bamboo series on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, achieving ninth place in total number of visits in the history of the Museum.

Their second intervention follows some of the principles of the first proposal: it is a hollow bamboo tower with a spiral path that runs to a roof space made of the same material. Throughout the whole exhibition, the designers, Mike and Doug Starn, along with a team of professional climbers, tied on new bamboo canes. The concept of Big Bamboo is related to the continuous evolution of living beings. 2,000 shoots of bamboo were grown and cut in a farm in France in order to achieve this objective: "Big Bamboo is always growing, changing and becoming something new - like all of us."

It´s presence is somewhat discordant with the old center, impeccably designed, while the canes of bamboo cross in a chaotic pattern that organically raises itself towards the horizon. The canes are held together by a simple cord.

The proposal serves in this case as a metaphor and is intended to inspire qualities of growth and change; it has been placed after all in a city that is always under threat of having to adapt itself to environmental change.