Photograph of the Day: Virtuosity

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At a glance, this is merely a construction site: a scaffold, signs of unfinished work, repair, and inconvenience. But, this is not just any other scaffold. It is a bamboo scaffold. It has the flexibility to climb great heights, whilst providing the stability to support many construction workers.

And, to master the art of building such a scaffold, it takes hours of strength, skill, and intelligence. It is not so much about learning to tie bamboo planks together tightly, but  more about the laws of physics. The master bamboo artist designs how to best build a bamboo scaffold to serve the construction or repair of a site. That wisdom comes from experience, and the bamboo scaffold is a quiet display of virtuosity.

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