Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (Bird’s Nest Stadium)
“In China, a bird’s nest is very expensive, something you eat on special occasions.” ~Li Xinggang, Chief Architect
Costing $428 million dollars, constructed of 110,000 tons of steel, and built by 17,000 workers at it’s peak, the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium signified Beijing’s coming out party as much as the event it was produced for – the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Though we missed the big event by just a few months, our visit to the Olympic Green Village and the incredible Bird’s Nest Stadium was certainly memorable. Improbable angles, a polluted sky and an impression of awe awaited us there.
There was so much contamination in the air, that the Stadium herself seemed to appear out of nowhere. As we walked slowly through an opaque atmosphere, we were suddenly confronted by a huge bulk (the stadium seats up to 90,000 people), that felt completely light and full of air.
Standing in front of the Stadium, it was clear that the Chinese ceramics inspired Bird’s Nest is very special indeed.
Have you visited Beijing and the Bird’s Nest Stadium? What did you think?