Two days after China marked the one-year countdown to the Olympics with fireworks, pomp and ceremony, the Chinese co-designer of the Games’ most iconic stadium has slammed the event as a public relations sham.
Ai Weiwei, one of China’s foremost architects, said he feels “disgusted” that the $400 million, “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium he helped design with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron has become a proud symbol of China’s development. [Full Text]
See also CDT’s coverage of Ai Weiwei’s statement that he will not attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
[Image: The Olympic Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”, is seen next to the Olympic swimming venue, also known as the “Water Cube”, in Beijing August 8, 2007. Reuters/David Gray]