Monday, July 16, 2012

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

The Olympic Park's "weird" monument will be the Anish Kapoor designed ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower, located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, described it as that "something extra" needed in order to distinguish the East London skyline, arousing thus the curiosity and wonder of Londoners and the visitors for both the London Olympic Games and after.  

The 115m high steel sculpture resembles a continuously looping lattice, being the largest paradigm of public art in the United Kingdom. The project costed around £20 million. Most of the funding came from the Indian born steel tycoon, Lakshmi Mittal, chairman of the ArcelorMittal steel company. Painted red, the Orbit promises to be "an icon to match the Eiffel Tower" according to the Mayor; this of course can seem antagonistic towards the French capital, that lost the 2012 Olympic bid to London. This unique structure will offer a two storey dining and viewing gallery, accessible by a spiralling staircase or a lift, over the whole of the Olympic Park and beyond.  

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