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