Bale Kambang Eko Prawoto
Bamboo is part of daily life in Indonesia. It is much more than a sustainable alternative to scarce tropical wood. Bamboo culture is deeply rooted in most of the ethnics groups spread across the Indonesian archipelago.
Bale Kambang (floating platform) has been designed and created especially for the EUROPALIA INDONESIA festival. It is built completely out of bamboo, using a traditional joints technique with bamboo pegs. The bamboo was harvested from several villages around Yogyakarta, which is known for the high quality and strength of its bamboo thanks to the volcanic ash that enriches the soil. The bamboo was then prepared by local carpenters before being sent to Antwerp for assembly by experienced bamboo carpenters.
“Bale Kambang is a dancing, floating structure, whose organic form adapts itself to the whims of the water. It is a performance of the material in the water, a living creature dancing on the sounds of bamboo wind chimes. It is a gift from the Indonesian Mother Nature to the city of Antwerp... I hope you will enjoy it.”
Eko Prawoto is an internationally acclaimed Indonesian architect and artist, whose work has been presented amongst others at the Biennale of Venice.