bamboo sculpture

For a few months, the oversized art installation “Big Bambu” has been towering above MACRO Testaccio, the contemporary art museum and exhibition space in the district’s former slaughter-house. Created by two American artists – and twins – Mike and Doug Starn, the 25 metre-high structure of interlocking bamboo canes (which can be freely climbed by visitors) was installed to celebrate 50 years of Enel in Rome and will stand until the end of October this year.

Its popularity seems to have struck a chord with MACRO’s curators, who inaugurate a new exhibition tomorrow entitled “Extra Large”. A show entirely dedicated to canvases and installations in jumbo format, it will feature work from artists including Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Micol Assael, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Isabelle Cornaro, Nemanja Cvijanović, Anna Franceschini, Kendell Geers, Heike Kabisch, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Marko Lulić, Vittorio Messina, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Alfredo Pirri, Pietro Roccasalva and Pietro Ruffo. On show from March 28th until May 5th 2013.

MACRO Testaccio is open from 16 to 24 every day except Monday.

Words and photos © Isobel Lee