My dad sitting in his bamboo chair in the "living room"
Climbing up the stairs of the sculpture
The floor of the piece is beautifully layered with bamboo and climbers rope woven through it
Me walking up the sculpture
one of the beautiful pathways
My father posing at the edge of the piece facing Central Park
My father and me sitting on one of the bamboo benches built into the sculpture
My father climbing up
The pathways through the piece are all at different levels at the height of my dads head there's another path leading through the sculpture
Moving from phase one into phase two
The floor gets even crazier in phase two which opens later this week
Some of the climbers working on the floor of the "living room"
My uncle on the top of phase two highest part of the piece, about 48 feet above the roof of the MET
Climbing around on the top for a good view
Another photo of my father and me
The beautiful stairs at the bottom of phase two
I went to visit the piece for the first time in months on a private tour led by the artists. The piece is an escape from the crazy concrete jungle to a bamboo jungle even though it is in the middle of the city. When climbing through the sculpture there is so much detail put into every part. From the vines intertwining through the piece, to the detail in the floor and stairs, to the rope colorfully weaving in and out of the pieces of bamboo. You'll also see climbers working throughout the piece tying poles of bamboo together. The wave crests over both the eastern and western sides of the roof, made from 5,000 bamboo poles and 50 miles of climber's rope. Reaching nearly 50 feet above the roof, well above the trees in the park and a little higher than the city skyline, there is an amazing view of all aspects of the city.
The sculpture was originally started at the Beacon New York studio where there is a giant bamboo wave rolling throughout the warehouse. Climbers that work for the twins tie poles of bamboo to the piece, making a walkable space where thin air had been just minutes ago.
Both of these versions of Big Bambú are related to life in the way that the piece and life never end, are always continuing, and there is never a dull moment. Also, in life things are always moving, changing, and adding upon each other in sometimes dramatic or simple ways, and this is the wave cresting and then falling.
You'd be crazy not to visit the piece in either Beacon or Manhattan. If you go in Manhattan I suggest getting a guided tour so that you can climb the piece. For more information on getting a tour or rules, or more about the piece, read more here.