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Doug and Mike Starn: Reveling in Chaos
by Christine Temin

Stately and symmetrical, the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens into rigorously ordered spaces that guide viewers systematically along a rectilinear path. But now, and through the end of October, those visitors who make their way to the elevator that leads to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden will enter a world of chaos. Intentional chaos. On top of the Met, viewers confront a forest of 5,000 bamboo poles, each one 30 to 40 feet long, lashed together with 50 miles of brightly colored nylon cord. The installation comes across as a giant habitable nest—and a lot of other things.

Big Bambú (detail), 2010.
Installation view.

Image: Doug and Mike Starn, © 2010 Mike and Doug Starn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.


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