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Thanks to innovative design, this bamboo art exhibit looks like it's floating

The pavilion was set up in Jerusalem to reflect 'an inspiring play of shadows and lights.'


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This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art.This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art.Photo: Yifat Zailer
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Visit the campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and you'll see hundreds of canes of solid bamboo, fused together with ropes and 3D-printed joints, all anchored with concrete footers. And somehow, this massive structure appears to be floating on air.

This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art. The structure is made of bamboo canes suspended from joints. (Photo: Barak Pelman)

The odd and striking sculpture is the culmination of months of work by students who assembled the piece over the summer. They were guided by Israeli architect Barak Pelman, who's also a teacher at the school.

This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art. Each bamboo cane in the sculpture had a slightly different shape and diameter. (Photo: Barak Pelman)

This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art. You can do some nice sunbathing from down there. (Photo: Yifat Zailer)

It's meant to introduce new design possibilities and applications, Pelman said, and offer a "non-standard solution" in 3D-printed parts. He also said the pavilion can be reassembled with different configurations in different locations. So stay tuned ... you may see it in a new location sometime soon.

This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art. The joints that held the bamboo canes in place were made from a 3D printer. (Photo: Barak Pelman)

This bamboo pavilion was set up in Jerusalem by students from the Bezalel Academy of Art. The structure served as an appealing accent to the courtyard at Bezalel over the summer. (Photo: Yifat Zailer)

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