Folks, I'm not schooled in architecture ... I'm one of the common people ... of course, that never stops me from commenting on something. But the National Stadium in Beijing looks like a hospital bedpan to me. The New York Times has an article on it in today's online edition. The writer of the piece, Nicolai Ouroussoff, says that people have nicknamed it the "Bird's Nest". Sorry. "Beijing Bedpan" to me. Considering that, Ouroussoff's following words cracked me up:
"Given the astounding expectations piled upon the National Stadium, I’m surprised it hasn’t collapsed under the strain."
More from Ouroussoff:
"Intoxicating beauty" ????!!!!!!
More than 90,000 spectators will stream through its gates on Friday for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games; billions are expected to watch the fireworks on television. At the center of it all is this dazzling stadium, which is said to embody everything from China’s muscle-flexing nationalism to a newfound cultural sophistication.
Expect to be overwhelmed. Designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the stadium lives up to its aspiration as a global landmark. Its elliptical latticework shell, which has earned it the nickname the Bird’s Nest, has an intoxicating beauty that lingers in the imagination. Its allure is only likely to deepen once the enormous crowds disperse and the Olympic Games fade into memory.
The Emperor has no clothes.