Deadly Arts: Huge Climbable Sculpture Could Get You Killed


The New York Museum of Modern Art is known for feature avante garde works and (metaphorically) cutting-edge pieces – but being (literally) sliced is the least of your problems with this work: far more likely, you could simply slip, fall a few stories and be impaled by bamboo sticking skyward some distance below.

Yes, they have gone beyond simply having artists install a giant stick-frame bamboo structure on the roof of the MOMA in Manhattan – you are actually allowed to climb this sculpture yourself if you follow the rules, meet the requirements and (of course) sign a waiver before you do. The piece is about networks, connectivity and modern society – what better place to see just how you relate to others than in the midst of a group of people standing at the same dizzying height.

The ‘Big Bambu” project will total fifty height at its peak, using 5,000 poles and 50 miles of nylon cord in its construction. The plans were drafted by an architect and the design vetted by the local building authorities, but it still looks just a tad dangerous. It is, however, also being constructed by veteran rock climbers and loads were tested by use of heavy sandbags. (Top Image by Librado Romero of the The New York Times – Subsequent images via the MOMA photostream: Mike and Doug Starn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York).

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