HOUSTON — The newest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts looks quite trustworthy, with its roughly 3,000 bamboo poles the thickness of a leg lodged firmly in place by quintuple wraps of rope, but take a step back and the two-story structure seems hopelessly fragile.

Moored to the ceiling by cobwebs and groaning occasionally under the feet of climbers, “Big Bambú” is a hodgepodge of sticks fanning out. To some, it might appear like a treehouse, if you account for an abundance of house and a lack of tree. Others might see in it as a wave. Mostly, though, it looks precarious.

Mary Newport is a features writer for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0149.

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