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The Grass Cube

The Beijing National Aquatics Centre
The Grass Cube: The BeiJing National Aqatics Centre Reimagined by LinsCraft

‘The Grass Cube’ project was inspired by the Minecraft China launch conference event on April 7th. 2017. The conference event took place in the Water Cube, which it was originally designed to serve as a swimming pool facility for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. NetEase, as the representative of Minecraft China, offered the audience with a ceremonial and historical moment by transforming the Water Cube with a familiar Minecraft color theme – Grass Block. During the final moment of the event, it was light by the top executives of Microsoft and NetEase through the method of placing a Redstone block, which ignited the Redstone lines and illuminates the blue Water Cube and transforming it into a dirt block theme ‘Grass Cube.' 

The Water Cube
The Water Cube
The Water Cube
The Grass Cube Theme Water Cube
The Water Cube

The iconic grass block is the fundamental building and survival block that represented the world of MineCraft as a whole. It became so representative, the icon exists on the MineCraft launch server and became the sandbox ideology that MineCraft represent. We want to use this project to celebrate the greatness of MineCraft and wish the creative community in China and the creative community in the world will thrive when this new era begins.

The Water Cube in Beijing. Photo by CGTN

The Grass Cube render by JustSomeMonkeys

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Articles of Other Links:

1. article on the MC China Launch Event. 

2. article on close beta.

2. CGTN article on the Launch Event

3. Official Water Cube website .


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