Monday, November 01, 2010

Big Bambu

We're new here, but we know a good view when we see one:

Last month two artists named Doug and Mike Starn built an enormous bamboo fort on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's art, so of course at 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 50 feet high the structure could be described as: "the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism". Ultimately, I think some cool guys just wanted to hang out on top of the world:

Sunny, 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, your favorite music playing and an uninterrupted view of Central Park? I'd build some art for that hangout too.

It was definitely an exhibit worth seeing twice (which I did). I took Dominic the first time and then when a special surprise visitor showed up at my house the following weekend I took her too. Any excuse to relax in the sunshine.

The Big Bambu was really all I wanted to see at the Met, but on the way back down to the ground we stumbled across some modern sculpture art and couldn't help but stay and play for a few more minutes. This is what we would look like if you were a fly:

And this contraption would start and stop at the push of a foot pedal. It didn't start for Dom, but two minutes later a 6-year-old girl went up and got it to work.

To all those who may question my appreciation for the tremendous artwork in the Met, I will add that during my second trip I did spend some time admiring Monet and Baldessari's view of Pure Beauty. This town can overwhelm the senses if not taken in little by little.


Anonymous said...

Ooooo. I think I'll have a bamboo fort built on top of the house. How cool is that?! Looks like a great place to relax. I hear the Museum of Art has a spectacular Christmas tree which should be coming up soon.


Katie said...

I regret not making it to the roof the the Met! We had one foot out the door when we remembered that we wanted to check it out, but by dogs were barking. Great photos. I'll just imagine I was there now!