The Big Bambu evolving bamboo sculpture that will hold you, in Jerusalem

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A travelling art exhibit made from thousands of bamboo poles has landed in Israel. Inviting the public to climb on it, and inside it, this is one rare art installation made from thousands of bamboo poles which encourages people to be part of it. 

Big Bambu is being built by professional rock climbers over a period of about six months.

The Big Bambu art installation will be open come June at the Israel Art Museum in Jerusalem. It was conceived by identical twin artists Doug and Mike Starn. This is not the first time it has been exhibited.


Here’s more about Big Bambu as it was growing on a rooftop in New York. See video below:

Originally featured on the roof of the MOMA in New York, visitors walk on the Big Bambu on elevated bamboo paths, even as a crew continues to build a new part of the structure.

Bamboo is considered a sustainable material, moreso than wood, due to its fast-growing nature. It is also a natural anti-bacterial.

Bamboo is water-resistant and bamboo is extremely durable. Bamboo is used in a lot of ways, all the way from underwear to flooring, windmills and and even as bamboo hijabs!

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The Big Bambú is built of several types of bamboo: a Japanese type called Madake, but also a thin Meyeri bamboo and a thick moso bamboo.

All of the bamboo for the installation was grown in Georgia and South Carolina.

Eventually the sculpture will reach the dimensions of 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high.

Want to visit the structure in Israel come June? Put on some rubber-soled, close-toed shoes if you want to climb through the structure.

Visitors are able to reconstruct the building process, which was carried out by a special team of mountain climbers, to see how the construction changes over time and to witness the creation of a unique work of art.

Perfect for a summertime activity, see the Big Bambú at the Israel Museum Jerusalem, June 10 to October 1, 2014.

More on neat uses for bamboo:
This bamboo tower collects water from thin air
Muslim clothing made from bamboo
Bamboo dome shelters in Iran

About Karin Kloosterman

Karin Kloosterman is an award-winning journalist and publisher that founded Green Prophet to change the world. She does not wear rose-colored glasses, but has shown through her work that positive, inspiring dialogue creates action that impacts people, business and planet.She has published in thought-leading newspapers and magazines globally, and has also founded flux (, a technology company to help people everywhere grow hyper-local, sustainable food. Through flux, she is the managing director of Mars Farm Odyssey (, a global impact network to grow food in space and on earth.Reach out directly to [email protected]

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