Dutch design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to build the China Comic and Animation Museum in the city of Hangzhou. The firm shaped this trippy building like a collection of intermingling speech bubbles. The designers estimate that this project will cost €92 million (approximately $125.6 million), begin construction in 2012, and will attract visitors with its "gigantic 3D zoetrope." Should it ever be completed, I imagine visiting this museum will be an experience on par with freebasing a copy of Detective Comics #27.
It might be very cool! I wonder at the thinking behind it though. Is it that Chinese artists and museum curators just want to pay homage to the truly global art-form of comics and animation or is it more nationalist in intent?
Perhaps this is how China plans to vault into the stage of animated film to compete with Japan, Korea, Canada, the United States and Europe? Maybe they are jealous of India's prominence in live action film?
Not trying to run things down at all, I'm just curious over the motives.