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Old January 23rd, 2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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LONDON | London Orbit | 115m | 2012 Visitor Attraction

London Orbit

Twisting into the air in a series of intricate steel spirals, it is the iconic tower which will welcome visitors to the 2012 London Olympics.
The city's mayor Boris Johnson, however, has very down-to-earth name for the latest sculpture to grace the capital's skyline.
He is dubbed it the 'Hubble Bubble' because of its resemblance to a shisha pipe.
Enlarge Landmark: The tower has been dubbed the 'Hubble Bubble' by London mayor Boris Johnson

The asymmetric tower, which at 115 metres is taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty, was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor.
About 700 visitors an hour will be able to visit the site next to the 59-metre high Olympic stadium. The tower will have a viewing platform and an outdoor walkway.
At its unveiling today, Kapoor, 56, said it was 'thrilling' to be offered the chance to create for the capital something on a par with what Gustave Eiffel made in Paris
'It would be terribly arrogant to compete with Eiffel who spent his entire life making that thing,' said Kapoor. 'What we’re trying to make is the best thing we can do'.
The artist sees his looping, deep red-coloured tower as 'an eccentric structure that looks as if it’s going to fall over'.

It is being created with the aid of Cecil Balmond, deputy chairman of Arup engineers, with whom Kapoor created the red trumpet, Marsyas, for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2002.
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Britian's biggest piece of public art: At 115 metres high, the steel tower will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York
Financing deals have been signed between principal backer Lakshmi Mittal, the steel magnate who owns Queens Park Rangers, who has committed £16 million towards the £19.1 million cost, and Mr Johnson who dreamed up the project.
It is hoped work will begin within weeks on what officially will be called the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
The Mayor said: 'Some will say we are nuts — in the depths of a recession — to be building Britain’s biggest ever piece of public art.

'But Tessa Jowell [the Olympics minister] and I are certain that this is the right thing for the Stratford site, in Games time and beyond.'
Mr Mittal, whose company will supply much of the 1,400 tonnes of steel, said he had wanted to give 'a lasting gift' to the 'wonderful” city' where he has lived since 1997.

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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Will it be taken down after the Olympics or will it stay?
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 01:39 PM   #4
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Will it be taken down after the Olympics or will it stay?
It will stay.
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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See Red London Orbit here! Yes its permanent.
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 03:06 PM   #6
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Nice!

Shouldn't it be in the highrise section?because it's 115m...Or is it here because it is a structure?
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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I was thinking the same thing.
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 10:49 PM   #8
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This can't be built please
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:01 PM   #9
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Looks like a homosexual crane coming out of the closet. And its there to stay. uh huh *does the hand thing*
Speaking of closets they finally removed the ugly cranes from the millennium dome beside it. At least its not painful to look at anymore. I will give you guys that one.


















j/k guys. Dont be offended (I know thats not the o2).

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Old January 24th, 2011, 03:15 AM   #10
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I love it, but as per usually only the open minded like it. The site needs a bit of height. So the only way to get the top is by walking! No lifts rite?
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Old January 24th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #11
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So the only way to get the top is by walking! No lifts rite?
Where is the roller coaster ride?
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Old January 24th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #12
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I love it, but as per usually only the open minded like it. The site needs a bit of height. So the only way to get the top is by walking! No lifts rite?
Yes it has lifts same as Eiffel Tower.


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Old January 24th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #14
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What a hideous structure...

I hope it is not kept after the games, I imagine if it is then it will look like some kind of relic in years to come.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 01:10 PM   #15
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I actually like it and it is well situated. I'd hate it to be in west end, but its ok for east London / olympic park.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #16
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Hahahaha what an eyesore, a rollercoaster constructed by a 3 year old.
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Hahahaha what an eyesore, a rollercoaster constructed by a 3 year old.

Now while I agree that it is a hideous construction, to say it was made by a 3 year old is a bit daft. Anish kapoor is a bloody good sculptor... it is just a shame that he was apparently asleep when he drew up the plans for this... thing.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #18
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It will implode as soon as some Insects will use it as their home base
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Old January 24th, 2011, 03:47 PM   #19
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The Orbit in the Olympic Park will “be one of the world’s most spectacular visitor attractions”, enticing up to a million visitors in its first year, bosses have claimed

The claims were made this week by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is asking organisations to bid for the operation contract of the controversial sculpture, designed by artist Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond.

Andrew Altman, the legacy company’s chief executive, said: “With the changing view of the city by day and night, the ArcelorMittal Orbit has the potential to be the ‘must-see’ attraction in east London.”

The chosen operator will be appointed by June this year and will run the venue, which will include two viewing platforms and a restaurant, for 10 years.

An opening date for the 114m-high sculpture has been set for March 2012, ahead of the Olympic Games that summer. It will then be transformed by the legacy company into a permanent visitor attraction and re-open in spring 2013.

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Oh, no, please... is ugly, not interesting, and not elegant, a bad taste icon. Bad election, guys.
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