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Bamboo Sculpture by Katsuhiro Ozawa at UABBHK

by Sophie Cullen on Jan 20, 2016 in Architecture
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Katsuhiro Ozawa of Woods Bagot and a team of his friends have created a bamboo sculpture for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABBHK)

Titled Pause, the bamboo tunnel encourages people to take a moment out of their busy lives and reflect on themselves. Located in Kowloon Park, it enhances the natural surroundings, eliminating the frantic lifestyle of the city that sits just beyond.

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Thin pieces of bamboo have been split and woven together to create a soft cocoon where light and shadow intertwine. Some pieces extend higher, allowing their tops to catch the wind, creating a delicate sound for the senses.

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The material was chosen primarily because of its structural quality and workability, being lightweight and flexible, yet extremely strong. It also alludes to the traditional bamboo-scaffolding construction techniques often seen around the city. Because it is such a fast growing grass, bamboo can be harvested rapidly and sustainably, the perfect material as the Biennale looks towards 2050 and beyond.

Pause can be seen at Kowloon Park until 28 February.

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