beijing olympics

Cai Guo-Qiang's explosive new exhibit

Cai Guo-Qiang's explosive new exhibit

It would be fair to say that Cai Guo-Qiang is “blowing up” on the art scene. Since the mid-80s, Guo-Qiiang – who grew up within spitting distance of a Chinese military base – has been making unusual paintings with gunpowder and other explosive materials. His charred, smoke-covered canvasses, some of which look like they might have been recovered from actual disaster scenes, capture the duality between destruction and creation by shockingly literal means. You’ve likely already seen one of his most memorable installations without even knowing it: in 2008, Guo-Qiang designed the opening fireworks and explosives for the Beijing Summer Olympics as its Director of Visual Effects. Clearly, this is evidence that I should have cultivated my early pyrophile tendencies as a child, because I’d definitely be famous by now…

Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

BEIJING, China, August 13, 2008 – Beijing’s air quality has improved, with the sky clearly visible today after rains on Sunday and Monday reduced the air pollution, heat and mugginess that made Olympic athletes, visitors and residents uncomfortable for days. Weather officials measured an Air Pollution Index of 32 on Tuesday, far below the benchmark…

Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

BEIJING, China, August 4, 2008 (ENS) – The head of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, will attend the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics on August 8 as part of the agency’s continuing support for the greening of the games, the UN announced today. UNEP has been working with the Beijing Olympic Committee…