Big Bambú exhibit Big Bambú exhibit The Big Bambú exhibit at the Israel Museum towers over visitors. (Photo: Peretz Partensky/Flickr)

Interactive sculpture is like a giant bamboo jungle gym

Traveling installation has made its way from New York City to Jerusalem.

A massive and intertwining bamboo sculpture, the Big Bambú installation has made its way across the world and is now on display at the Israel Museum's Art Garden in Jerusalem. Designed by American artists (and twin brothers) Doug and Mike Starn, this interactive exhibit challenges viewers to climb through and explore a huge bamboo maze.

The artists named the Jerusalem edition of Big Bambú 5,000 Arms to Hold You. The structure is actually comprised of 10,000 lightweight but strong bamboo poles. Its construction was a cooperative effort by a team of rock climbers employed by the Starns, matched with another specially selected Israeli team.

The structure was completed over the course of seven weeks, an amazing feat considering the teams didn't have any guiding architectural sketches. Spontaneity, creativity and teamwork were the driving themes, underscoring the artists' belief that the process is just as much an art as the final product.

"The installation, combining architecture and sculpture, examines the tension between chaos and order in nature," the Israel Museum's website reads. Indeed, the daunting form creates a sense of challenge for visitors, who can choose to climb on the exhibit or to simply walk around and through it.

First built by the brothers in New York in 2008, the exhibit has been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the 54th Venice Biennial, the Macro Testaccio in Rome and the Teshima Triennial in Japan. It will be available for exploration by art lovers and adventurers alike at the Israel Museum through Oct. 1.


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Interactive sculpture is like a giant bamboo jungle gym
The giant bamboo sculpture has made its way from New York City to Jerusalem.