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The Starn twins with Big Bambú
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by Charlie Finch

Through my friends at the Garrison Arts Center (Bill Burback, Carinda Swann, Dolores Strebel and Lee Balter), that picturesque haven of arts activism across the Hudson from the fortified cliffs of West Point, I have been hearing about the Doug and Mike Starns' Big Bambú project since it was first erected at Lee Balter's old Tallix foundry space in Beacon, N.Y. The Garrison gang, whose galleries and studio rest cozily next to the dead-end street at the Garrison MetroNorth station where Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau filmed the movie version of Hello Dolly! in 1965, have been intimately involved in all aspects of the BB project and perhaps feel a bit wistful that it has moved to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.