High winds are one of the top stories coming out of Rio today, as the bad weather delayed the Olympic rowing competition by two hours before the competition was eventually canceled. Races will take place on Monday, August 8th instead. This was after the high winds caused choppy waves contributing to the Serbian squad capsizing during the men’s rowing semi-final in Lagoa Stadium yesterday.
But you don’t have to be actually in the water to feel the wind’s effects. One of the 89-foot-tall panels covering the Olympic Aquatic Stadium was ripped loose by the strong gusts, leaving it flapping on the side of the building. The aquatic venue is a temporary structure, but one of its highlights was being surrounded by the artwork of local Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão by way of being reproduced on huge drapes wrapping around the building.
There are 66 drapes in total that encase the stadium, all containing part of the contemporary artist’s aquatic-themed Celacanto Provoca Maremoto, already on display Inhotim Institute.
The panels are also a component of the temperature regulation system of the Olympics Aquatic Stadium, as the building itself does not have air conditioning.