Another example of an irregular Grid used in architecture.
The external face of this stadium for water sports, known as the Water Cube, is illuminated in blue.
It is so fascinating that such irregular grid is used in architecture.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Grid.
Whenever we talk of Grid, there is a preconception of it being straight lines and intersecting at right angles etc.
The photo taken at the “Bird’s Nest” Stadium in Beijing illustrates a grid which is not regular and with members intersecting at acute angles.
The structure is being hold up by inclined members weaving together at various angles which make it looks like a bird’s nest.
It is especially interesting at night as the colorful interior lights get changing with time and intensity!
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Yellow foliage with the temple in the background.
We are already missing it. If opportunities arise, we would like to visit it again in Autumn!
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Nighttime.
Below is an introduction of the stadium from Wikipedia:
Located at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US428 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese Ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird’s nest. Leading Chinese artist Ai WeiWei was the artistic consultant on the project
It was late Autumn and we were strolling in the gardens of Xiang Shan in Beijing.
As always, it appeared hazy in Beijing. That didn’t bother me, it just added to the atmosphere.
We walked past this lake in Xiang Shan and were surprised by its beauty.
There were weeping willows by the side of the lake, this together with the pavilion formed a perfect picture.
We were happy to find this beautiful corner in the garden, but the truth is there are so many beautiful corners in the garden.
We were there at a perfect time!
Last year, I provided an update in the “About” page on my activities in retirement.
This is about time I should provide another update.
I have been learning Chinese Calligraphy for slightly over one year now, I am struggling with learning my Spanish grammar and I have also started learning a special form of TaiChi known as the “Water Flowing” form which does not emphasize on the mechanical external form of the exercise – it focuses on the internal work of the body (really hard to explain and learn!).
This week, I have spent over one hour writing the attached calligraphy. This is for handing over to my teacher for his comment coming Saturday. In the past year, I have learned writing in four different fonts of the Chinese characters. The one posted is the simplified free-flowing form. Every week, my teacher will tell me what are the problems with my writing and how I should improve.
The slates have poems written by scholars carved into them. It was not only the calligraphy but also the Autumn foliage in the gardens which added to the poetic mood.
With the different Chinese fonts now readily available from the computer / internet, less and less people are learning or practising Calligraphy now.
It is foreseeable that Chinese Calligraphy could become a dying art as well!