Bamboo structural installation

        Lung-Ta is an installation project under the topic of Structure of the 4 elements. One of the four fundamental element, Water, fire air and earth, is to be depicted by one of their aspect or form as a structural installation, focusing more on the form.

In Tibetan script, Lung-Ta (རླུང་རྟ) translate to Wind Horse, a symbol of human soul in shamanistic tradition of East Asia and Central Asia. In Tibetan Buddhism, it was included as the pivotal element in the center of the four animals symbolizing the cardinal directions and a symbol of the idea of well-being or good fortune. It has also given the name to a type of prayer flag that has the five animals printed on it. The structure depicted here is an interpretation of a Tibetan-Buddhism concept of the wind within human body, which categorize into Outer level, Inner level, Secret level and Most secret level. Lung Ta’s spiral structure is design to work with this concept, with the outer level much easier to enter and is very of what is going on - the concept of the Outer level. As you progress through the path, the more difficult it is for you to reach the empty space within - the Most secret level, where everything is clear to you when you look up.

At its zenith, Lung Ta is 6 metres tall. The structure is constructed mostly with bamboo. 58 culms of bamboo are erected with different height, with the tallest at the center and descending down to the outest rim. In order to hold the bamboo up, a sharpen iron rod is hammered into 8 of the tallest culms to help support the whole structure. For safety factors, series of ropes are tethered between Lung Ta and the surrounding structure.

from Displaying Design
Class of 2017.
A CommDe project. 

Portrait of the whole structure.

Details of the joints connecting each culms of bamboo together