Imagineer, with independent artistic director Orit Azaz, present an ambitious new public art project, Imagine Bamboo.
Artists, designers, engineers and communities from across the UK and internationally, are coming together to explore the potential of bamboo – widely held to be the future sustainable building material for the planet.
Imagine Bamboo has evolved from Bridge, a major outdoor arts project that took place 2018-2021, which brought together people who wouldn’t normally meet.
In 2021 we asked ourselves: could we invite people to design and build freestanding outdoor structures that could then combine to create one giant installation?
We set out on a period of research and development where we met Neil Thomas, co-director of distinctive structural engineering company Atelier One, who explained the importance of bamboo in relation to sustainability and the climate crisis.
Bamboo grows across the globe, including in the UK and Europe, and is widely held by a growing network of engineers, architects and activists to be ‘the future sustainable building material for the planet’.
We were excited by the potential to collaborate with people from across the world to exchange skills and ideas and create beautiful strong lightweight structures at a variety of scales.
With support from Arts Council England, Birmingham 2022 Festival and the British Council, Imagineer set out on an adventure with partners from across the globe. We called our initial explorations and ongoing R&D Bridge2Bamboo.
Our plans in 2022
During 2022 we continue R&D work with partners Liverpool City Region, Wye Valley River Festival and Apptetite in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, exploring the potential for bamboo as an inspiring material for sustainable design.
Between 1-4 July 2022, everyone is invited to come to the Imagine Bamboo Summit in Birmingham - a weekend festival where we will explore extraordinary bamboo structures, stories and circus performances, with audiences, artists and experts from across the world.
Explore the website to find out what's happening - and you can join in the conversation on social media using #ImagineBamboo.