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The Water Cube

2011.06.30
I normally don’t get excited about water, taking my shirt off in public, or amusement parks—three things that seem to go hand-in-hand. However,I required little convincing when I heard that the Olympic Swim Center, otherwise known as the Water Cube, had been converted into an indoor water park. Off flew the shirt. On went the trunks. I spent about twenty minutes in the mirror perfecting casual methods of obscuring my recent dumpling-borne love handles. Then my friends informed me that we wouldn’t be going until next week.
Like the rest of the Olympic landmarks, I assumed that the Water Cube had fallen into disuse after The Olympics. The Bird’s Nest, beautiful and impressive as it appeared on television, serves mostly as an increasingly dirty monument to a specific moment when China took center on the world stage. It does not host sporting events.

Check out more pictures from Matthew Niederhauser’s blog. He lectured at B.A.S.E. this past week on his photography in China (frequently featured in the New York Times, Time, etc.)