1:20 replica of the Bird’s Nest Stadium in bamboo
Most of you will be familiar with the “Bird’s Nest” stadium where the Olympics were staged in China in summer 2008. The quirky stadium (designed by Herzog and de Meuron) was certainly an interesting and eclectic structure but it could not really be called a folly.
Now however I have come across a replica of the stadium, which certainly could. It seems that a group of Chinese peasants near Hangzhou in the south east of China, decided that the real thing was just too far away, and so built their own version locally in bamboo. Bamboo is a versatile material which I have long admired, and had the advantage of being a good deal cheaper and more accessible that the concrete and steel original.
Bamboo copy under construction outside Hangzhou.
It seems it took ten bamboo sculptors roughly two weeks to put together the 1:20 scale copy which the villagers claim the plan to use for local sports events. The completed structure is a tribute to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Chinese.
And just to remind you, here is the original.
Seems like a case of Instead of the mountain coming to Mohammed, the stadium has come to Confucius!