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Imgination is Only Limit with Sustainable Building Event

Special early childhood building mornings and workshops with bamboo artist Will Hooker


Contact: Leslie Pepple, Communications Manager
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Durham, NC - May 2014


Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, visitors to the Museum of Life and Science can test their building skills in exciting new ways with the third annual Build it Bamboo event. A family friendly outdoor building experience, guests can design their own masterpiece using bamboo poles splits and fasteners of all shapes and sizes. On Tuesday, May 20th & Wednesday, May 21st special early childhood mornings will be offered for families with budding builders under six. New this year, large bamboo sculptures by sustainable artist Will Hooker will be on site for building inspiration and hands-on exploration. Special meet-the-artist sessions will be offered Friday, May 23 & Saturday, May 24 featuring an up-close glimpse at Will’s renowned building techniques, hands-on demonstrations and more.  


Museum staff and volunteers will be onsite throughout the week to help guide builders. Participants are encouraged to leave their creations behind in this community building event and to visit throughout the week to see how the space changes with each new addition. All Build it Bamboo activities are free with paid Museum admission and will occur across from the Into the Mist exhibit located in Catch the Wind. 


"Meet the Artist" Workshops: 

May 23 & 24 | Noon – 3:00PM

Interested in building community through what he calls “the vehicle of irreverent humor,” Will has guided many students through the creation and installation of bamboo structures and has exhibited across the Triangle including NC Museum of Art & NC State University. On Friday May, 23rd and Saturday, May 24th guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from the artist himself about building with bamboo for their own use.  Visitors can witness bamboo splitting demonstrations, discuss uses of bamboo structures in their garden and explore other bamboo building techniques with the artist. Pre-registration is not required for workshop participation and guests are welcome to join at any time during the workshop time from noon – 3:00PM. 


Early Childhood Building Mornings: 

May 20 & 21 | 9:30AM – 11AM

Families with children under age six are invited to a morning of bamboo building specially designed for early childhood development. A Museum educator will be available to help families construct bamboo forts, craft a bamboo bead snake, discover animals native to bamboo forests and more. A bamboo play structure will also be available for climbing and hands-on, imaginative play. Pre-registration is not required participation; guests are welcome to join at any time during the 9:30 – 11:00AM session.


Build it Bamboo: May 19-26

A family friendly, sustainable building event

All activities free with Museum admission

“Meet the Artist” Workshops: May 23 & 24, Noon-3PM
Early Childhood Building Mornings: May 20 & 21, 9:30 – 11AM