Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
The design is by Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-born British architect. See more below:
I see an upcoming concert by Pussy Riot!
Or by Slave Riot, report attached “the mortality rate was significant” http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/football-world-cup-workers-treated-like-slaves-in-qatar-report/article1-1152802.aspx
Maybe Sir Norman could design a version of the Gherkin to be erected next to that?
A feminine symbol, indeed! But “feminist” symbol?
A new version of Gustave Courbet’s famous painting “L’origine du monde”!
I’ve long since lost track of what feminism means, and I did not understand it in the first place. This seems as good a symbol as any!
Having studied biology, and from my interest in herbology before, I can say the shape also reminds me of the stoma that is part of the plant leaf structure. And that would also make a symbolic sense. While I also like it that if Hadid indeed made a reference the female genitalia, which effect she must have considered, it is also an attempt maybe to take the shape out from a sexist context. It is intended as respectful, not as a dirty joke.
But here is an article by a (woman) journalist for the Guardian about the symbolism. NB She wrote it before she realised that the architect was (nobody less than) Zaha Hadid! (Woman, and from the Arab world). http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/18/qatar-accidental-vagina-stadium-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium
I’m looking forward to Des Lynam announcing the semi-final live from the Accidental Vagina Stadium. Let’s see how many players end up scoring.
Built by near slave labour, according to reports.
Jon Stewart and the Daily Show have special coverage of this stadium:
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