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Big Bambú

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 | 0 comments

Big Bambú

 

This weekend I finally got over to MACRO Testaccio to check out Mike and Doug Starn’s incredible architectural piece Big Bambú.  This incredible permanent installation, which reaches over 100 feet (33 meters), was made possible thanks to the Enel Contemporanea award.  Enel, Italy’s largest power company, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and decided to give back to the Testaccio neighborhood with this special gift.  For months I had seen people instagraming photos of the work in progress and images from up within the structure itself, so was thrilled to finally see it in person.  Unfortunately I got there too early in the day to be able to climb up myself (you have to sign a waiver and no heels allowed!), so that will be for another time.  Instead a friend and I sat in the bamboo seating woven into the bottom of the structure, chatting and enjoying the warm Roman day.  For more information about how the piece was conceived and photos from the “making of” the Starn brothers have great documentation on their website.

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