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Steel Shots: “The Bird’s Nest”
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 28, 2012 at 3:56 PM.


In this picture, an old man with a French hat is passing by “The Bird’s Nest” with his shadow in front of him. The sunlight is shining on The Bird Nest’s giant steel frame, creating a breathtaking visual impact, and the flexibility of steel enables the artist to be creative beyond the limit. (Photo and description by Xiaolong Li)


This photo of the Beijing National Stadium (also known as “The Bird’s Nest”) was taken by Xiaolong Li, a civil engineering and economics student at Bucknell University, and received an Honorable Mention in AISC’s 2012 SteelDay Student Photo Contest.


Li also snapped the winning photo in this year’s competition, which captures an inside view of The Bird’s Nest.


The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China. For more information and additional photos, visit Arup’s website (the structural engineer for the project) at (direct link:


You can view all of the winning photo entries from this year’s Student Photo Contest at We also featured them as Steel Shots on the MSC website during the last quarter of the year.


We at MSC wish you a Happy New Year! We’ll be back here next Wednesday, January 2. And due to the holidays, our monthly Steel Structure Trivia challenge for December will be posted next Friday, January 4, at noon CST.

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