The Magic of a Pile of Sticks; Big Bambú at MACRO Testaccio

Did you watch the movie ‘Hook’ when you were a kid and/or younger? ‘Hook’ came out right during my prime imagination years and I distinctly remember being transfixed by the network of tree houses that Rufio and the Lost Boys lived in. Right now at MACRO Testaccio there is a HUGE sculpture by the artists Doug + Mike Starn called Big  Bambú, which, after signing a waver and making sure you’re wearing the proper shoes, you get to climb to the tippy top of, and it is the closest I’ll ever be towards scampering around those tree houses in ‘Hook,’ yelling “Rufio, Rufio” with the rest of the Lost Boys.

walking up to Big Bambú
walking up to Big Bambú
it's big!
it’s big!
So big!
So big!

There are benches built into the bottom, so if you’ld rather not pretend to be in a Peter Pan movie you can enjoy it from the ground:

you can see the stairs up in this photo too; there's double helix of steps going up making it almost maze-like when you ascend.
you can see the stairs up in this photo too; there’s double helix of steps going up making it almost maze-like when you ascend.
pretty good, even from the ground.
pretty good, even from the ground.

But the real glory is in climbing up. I am clumsy, so I was a bit nervous, but it was so exhilarating to move up through the different levels (there were built in sitting areas at different places) and see the views over the city become increasingly expansive. And while the bamboo made creaking noises, it felt completely sturdy and I could have stayed all day up there in the sky:

the stairs near the bottom
the stairs near the bottom
great views of the Gazometro (that big cylindrical structure) out in Garbatella
great views of the Gazometro (that big cylindrical structure) out in Garbatella
Higher than Monte Testaccio at the very top!
Higher than Monte Testaccio at the very top!

If you’re in Rome or will be sometime in the near-ish future, you must go to Big Bambú. YOU MUST. It is the best, coolest thing going right now. And not least of all because you can spy some excellent street art on the way:

Alice and jbrock making ugly things beautiful
Alice and jbrock making ugly things beautiful
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