Diamond Update

I should stop calling it The Monstrosity.  It is supposed to be a diamond.  The facade will shine brightly on the skyline, that’s for sure.

They have been working through the winter to make sure this building is ready for the China National Games about 150 days from now.  Liaoning Province won the honor to host these games and the city has been preparing for years.  It is one of the reasons why we have seen so much construction during our time here.  This particular bit of construction is a daily sight for us.  Tiny ant people walk along the huge, circular beams.  Welders welding all hours of the day and night.  Cranes moving round and round, up and down.  Fascinating.


How Do You Spell “Monstrosity”?

Having just returned from an epic American road trip, and having traveled to Beijing and Shanghai in June, I can’t seem to write about anything but the building under construction out my window.  This enormous curiosity has boggled my mind for months now.  At this point, it seems a blemish on the skyline, and it certainly distorts my view of the river.  But every day I watch with fascination.  I see the massive cranes, the gigantic metal tubes, the tiny ant workers walking precariously to and fro.  And when they weld into the nighttime hours, it’s like a fireworks show.

Pan told me that it will be a business center, for offices, etc.  I tried to spread a rumor that it was an amusement park, or maybe I should tell people it is the Birds Nest II.  Oooh, our very own Water Cube.  I’m trying to imagine what the facade will be.  Or maybe that is the facade and now they’ll construct the building inside.  Stay tuned.

As I write this, I can see someone welding while protecting himself from the typhoon rains with a blue tarp.  That’s nothing new though.  Another Shenyang expat posted a picture a couple of weeks ago of a welder protecting himself from rain with a cardboard box.

Maybe I’m mislabeling by calling it a monstrosity.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  But it is abnormal, an oddity, a bit of a freak in its own right.  That’s probably why I like it.