Bamboo Sculpture

Bamboo is the biggest member of the grass family and has thousands of uses. It can be pressed, flattened, molded, sliced, burnt or carved. It is used as paper, flooring, musical instruments; its leaves, as livestock feed; and its shoots are popular in Asian cuisines. Bamboo supports millions of people in cottage industries worldwide.

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Bamboo Fibonacci Tunnel by Akio Hizume www.starcage.org

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Kawashima Shigeo’s Ring at the Kennedy Center. Sliced bamboo held together with black cotton twine. textilearts.com See ‘making of’ video: artsedge.kennedy-center.org

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Universal Circle by Kawashima Shigeo, 2008. Sliced bamboo held together with black cotton twine. www.flickr.com

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Big Bambu Installation by Doug and Mike Starn, reconstructed at the Venice Biennale. Photo: thewindow.barneys.com

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Big Bambu Installation by Doug and Mike Starn on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. This one hundred foot long sculpture used 5,000 bamboo poles lashed together with 50 miles of colored nylon ropes. Photo by Scott Dunn, www.flickr.com

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Big Bambu Installation by Doug and Mike Starn on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Good video about the process here: www.youtube.com

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Big Bambu Installation by Doug and Mike Starn on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. More great photos here: www.shotbyjake.com

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Big Bambu Installation by Doug and Mike Starn on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

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Bamboo Sphere in La Bambouseraie d’Anduze photo by Sebastien Abric www.fotopassion.fr

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La Bambouseraie, near Arles, France. Photo: Max R. www.flickr.com

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La Bambouseraie entrance – Anduze, France. www.bambouseraie.com
bamboo sculptureBamboo Installation, Museum of Modern Art, NY. Photo: Frank Oudeman. www.bambus.de

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Bamboo Sculpture by Tetsunori Kawana at the NY Botanical Garden, photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen. www.flickr.com

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Tetsunori Kawana, photo: fotologue.jp/Kawana

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Bamboo Water by Tetsunori Kawana, photo: fotologue.jp/Kawana

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Tetsunori Kawana’s Passages at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, 2011. Photo: robertwilliamsofbrooklyn.blogspot.com

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Tetsunori Kawana, photo: fotologue.jp/Kawana

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Akio Hizume’s Star Cage is a Mu Magari. www.starcage.org

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Akio Hizume’s Sunflower Tower uses 300 – 4m poles. For more pics: www.starcage.org

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Nagakura Kenichi Star Dust, 2003, madake {h. 17 1/2 in, w. 19 in, d. 10 in}. Courtesy of Tai Gallery/Textile Arts. www.americancraftmag.org

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Bamboo sculpture Avis Unda by Charissa Brock, www.charissabrock.com
Bamboo can be cut, stacked, glued, sanded, split, bent, woven and sewn.

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Charissa Brock, detaill of Avis Unda, www.charissabrock.com

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Bamboo Sunflower by Charissa Brock, www.charissabrock.com

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Charissa Brock, Quiet Standing, detail. www.charissabrock.com

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Charissa Brock, Dance of the Red Dawn, detail. www.charissabrock.com

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Bamboo Platter (sliced) by Charissa Brock, www.charissabrock.com

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Bamboo Teapot by Charissa Brock, www.charissabrock.com

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Into the Wind by Charissa Brock www.charissabrock.com

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Budding Beauty by Monden Kyogoku www.textilearts.com

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‘Streaming Light’ by Honma Kazuaki (b.1930) made from smoked bamboo taken from the eaves of an old farmhouse. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, www.flickr.com

bamboo sculptureMorigami Jin Harmony II, 2006, www.americancraftmag.org

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Bamboo Sculpture at the Burning Man Festival, 2006. Photo by Chris Alexander www.flickr.com

bamboo sculptureBurning Man Festival – Solar Lights on Bamboo Structures. www.calibamboo.com

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Bamboo Sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy
November 1987, Kinagashima-Cho, Japan
www.sculpture.org.uk

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Bamboo Cocoon by Jiro Yonezawa, galleryconnexion.ca

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Charissa Brock at work, www.charissabrock.com

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The Forest Pavilion serves as a meeting and performance space for visitors to the Da Nong Da Fu Forest and Eco-park in Hualien province, Taiwan. NArchitects. Photo by Iwan Baan, www.archdaily.com

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Bamboo basket making. Photo: Otomodachi www.flickr.com

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Bamboo basket making. Photo: Otomodachi www.flickr.com

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Michael Murphy’s Portrait of Moses Collins in bamboo and steel wire. 8′ x 14′. morristsai.com
bamboo sculptureCharissa Brock’s Suit of Armour, www.charissabrock.com

Three Common Bamboos

Madake, is a primary building bamboo with thick, strong hulls.
Meyeri, is thinner and more flexible.
Moso is giant, and has been used to build houses in Asia for thousands of years.

Buy Bamboo

Cali Bamboo, San Diego: www.calibamboo.com
In Dudley, Georgia: www.thebigbamboocompany.com
In Oregon: www.bamboogarden.comBamboo Decking: www.moso-bamboo.com

Bamboo Sculpture Videos

Kawashima Shigeo working with bamboo: artsedge.kennedy-center.org

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Author: keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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1

Breathtaking!

2

Wonderful post. Loved it all!

3

Absolutely wonderful. Love bamboo and its many artful uses.

4

Simplesmente maravilhoso

5

This bamboo art is beautiful and inspiring!. I found a local NYC area source for Bamboo who services the tri state area with installs and rooftop plantings. 'Bamboo Bob' - His web site is www.IdigBamboo.com

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Great designs,I would love to put this link on my web sites!

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Mercedes Durban

You will enjoy Laurent Martin 'Lo' work on bamboo and his work at Green School. Bali.

Please link to http://www.laurent-lo.com

Best regards

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Check Arhgentine artit Edgardo Madanes work with wicker. FANTASTIC