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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 07th July 2011

Anish Kapoor’s 2012 Olympic Games sculpture will be the tallest in Britain

search-office-space-anish-kapoor-tallest-sculpture-UKWorld renowned artist, Anish Kapoor has designed Britain’s largest sculpture for the 2012 Olympic Games site which members of the public will get to climb up and interact with.

The red stainless steel structure which measures 115 metres high, resembles a twisting, mangled roller coaster spiralling high up into the sky, will act as a symbol for the 2012 Olympics, and some say, London’s answer to the Eifel Tower.

Kapoor is collaborating with friend Cecil Balmond, a leading structural engineer to create ArcelorMittal Orbit. The project is expected to cost £19.1 million, the majority of which has been supplied by Lakshmi Mittal- one of the richest men in Europe who made his fortune out of steel. Kapoors sculpture is named after him.

Cecil Balmond said: "The Orbit is being made with continuous looping lattice of tubular steel and is being produced using star-shaped nodes... building the structure is an architectural challenge."

Kapoor said: "There is a kind of medieval sense to it of reaching up to the sky, building the impossible. A procession, if you like. It's a long winding spiral: a folly that aspires to go even above the clouds and has something mythical about it."