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Old March 30th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #1541
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It's going to be temporary so it shouldn't be complex.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 10:52 PM   #1542
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Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre:


The starting pool of the Olympic competition course has now been completed and the venue is on track to be completed later this year.

The White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is being built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and will host the Canoe Slalom events during the Olympic Games. Before and after 2012, the venue will be owned, funded and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

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Old March 30th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #1543
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why the government waste all this money to build another stadium
it was inappropriate to make an athletic track in wembly and Saving all this budget ??
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Old March 30th, 2010, 11:21 PM   #1544
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Wembley is in the west of the capital and it was impractical to make athletes stay in the east amongst the Olympic Park and have to commute to the other side of London. The point of holding the majority of the events in the east of London is to spur regeneration of the much-forgotten area.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:49 PM   #1545
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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 March 31st, 2010, 05:00 PM   #1546
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i see that they have fallen behind, two years is sufficient for this huge project??
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:08 PM   #1547
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i see that they have fallen behind, two years is sufficient for this huge project??
It is only a temporary venue, so should not even take a year to erect.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:14 PM   #1548
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Boris Johnson's 'Hubble Bubble' 2012 tower is a real eyeful
Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent
31.03.10


A twisting, asymmetric tower taller than New York's Statue of Liberty is to be a new icon of British art.

The design for a 115-metre steel pylon by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor was unveiled today.


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Old March 31st, 2010, 06:37 PM   #1549
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i see that they have fallen behind, two years is sufficient for this huge project??
What are you talking about?????????????....

Nothing is behind schedule....
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:49 PM   #1550
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Mayor Boris Johnson unveils designs for 'Britain's answer to the Eiffel tower', to be built in Olympic park

New work by artist Anish Kapoor to tower over the olympic park!

See article here:
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Apparently the new "Olympic Orbit" is "Twice the size of the London Eye" and represents the dynamism of a city coming out of recession.

Here is one of the previous submissions for the tower:
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:57 PM   #1551
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More images of the Olympic Orbit tower






It looks really fun and that's without imagining the amazing view of London!
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Old March 31st, 2010, 09:30 PM   #1554
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What are you talking about?????????????....

Nothing is behind schedule....
London 2012 is being particularly known for being ahead of schedule. They are doing everything in time.

Regarding the new landmark, it's going to be controversial anyway, there's no way they'll please everybody.

Some will find it a daring project and a possible future tourist attraction and others will think it's awful.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 09:45 PM   #1555
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why the government waste all this money to build another stadium
it was inappropriate to make an athletic track in wembly and Saving all this budget ??
Wembley was built by the English Football Association and was made for football. Not athletics.

If the government asked, 2 fingers would be facing their direction.

If you want to see why its stupid, look at why Bayern Munich left their old stadium. Note distance of seats from the pitch itself.

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...zarenapano.jpg - new Allianz Arena
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Old March 31st, 2010, 10:12 PM   #1557
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That tower is a hideous mess, doesnt convey anything British, Olympic or regenrational.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 12:16 AM   #1558
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doesnt convey anything British, Olympic or regenrational.
What does that mean? ... Thank God.
The London 2012 games have completley broken the rule book for the Olympics from the venues, locations, logo & branding and ethos.

I'm not quite sure what you expect with the terms British or Regenerational? It's the biggest art/sculpture piece in the Country by one of the worlds most respected artists......?
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Old April 1st, 2010, 03:25 AM   #1559
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ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor

Artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork at Olympic Park in London, to be built as part of London’s Olympic Games in 2012.

The sculpture, called ArcelorMittal Orbit, has been designed in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup. Top image courtesy of Arup.

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ANISH KAPOOR TO DESIGN ICONIC LANDMARK FOR OLYMPIC PARK

The ArcelorMittal Orbit set to become UK’s largest sculpture. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, today unveiled the artist and design chosen to create a spectacular new visitor attraction in the Olympic Park.

Award winning London-based artist Anish Kapoor has been given the commission of a lifetime to design the spectacular new public attraction in the Olympic Park. The stunning artwork, to be entitled ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit’, will ensure the Park remains an unrivalled visitor destination following the 2012 Games, providing the key Olympic legacy Mayor of London Boris Johnson envisaged for the East End.

The breathtaking sculpture – thought to be the tallest in the UK – will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel. Standing at a gigantic 115m, it will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and offer unparalleled views of the entire 250 acres of the Olympic Park and London’s skyline from a special viewing platform. Visitors will be able to take a trip up the statuesque structure in a huge lift and will have the option of walking down the spiralling staircase.

One of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists, Turner Prize winning Anish Kapoor studied in London, where he is now based. He is well known for his use of rich pigment and imposing, yet popular works, such as the vast, fleshy and trumpet-like Marsyas, which filled the Tate’s Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series, the giant reflecting, pod like sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park and his recent record breaking show at the Royal Academy, the most successful exhibition ever presented by a contemporary artist in London.

Anish Kapoor’s proposal has been developed in collaboration with one of the world’s leading structural designers, Cecil Balmond of Arup. Balmond, who trained and lives in London, is known for his innovative work on some of the greatest contemporary buildings in the world, such as the CCTV building in Beijing, as well as numerous Serpentine Gallery pavilion commissions. The two began working together on the Marsyas project in 2002 and have become renowned for their ambitious, large-scale public art projects.

ArcelorMittal will fund up to £16million of the £19.1million project with the outstanding £3.1 million provided by the London Development Agency. The unveiling also marks ArcelorMittal’s announcement to become a tier two sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support he infrastructure and success of 2012.)

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell agreed the commission in partnership with Mr Mittal after bringing together a panel from the art and design world to advise on a long list of proposals. Anish Kapoor’s team made an outstanding proposal that would be accessible and leave a fitting 2012 legacy.

Anish Kapoor said: ‘I am deeply honoured to be invited to undertake this challenging commission. I am particularly attracted to it because of the opportunity to involve members of the public in a particularly close and personal way. It is the commission of a lifetime.’

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: ”Long after the Games are over our aim is to have a stunning spectacle in east London that will be recognised around the world. I’m thrilled that when visitors from every corner of the globe plan trips to our must see attractions they will now eagerly include the ArcelorMittal Orbit! It will be an internationally acclaimed family attraction and I would like to thank Mr Mittal for his generous support. Anish Kapoor’s inspired art work will truly encapsulate the energy and spirit of London during the Games and as such will become the perfect iconic cultural legacy.”

Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal, commented: “The Olympic Games are one of the few truly iconic global events. I was immediately excited by the prospect of ArcelorMittal becoming involved because ArcelorMittal is a global company with operations in more than 60 countries. And as someone who lives in this great city, I remember the great excitement felt when it was announced that London had been selected to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We set out to create a transformational piece of art that will be an iconic symbol for the Olympics and also a new landmark that will endure long after the Games themselves. Everyone at ArcelorMittal is delighted with the outcome of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. London will have a bold, beautiful and magnificent sculpture that also showcases the great versatility of steel.”



The attraction will stand in the southern part of the Olympic Park between the Stadium and Aquatics Centre and will open in time for the 2012 Games. After completion, the Olympic Park Legacy Company will take ownership and run the visitor attraction.

Minister for the Olympics and London Tessa Jowell said: “This stunning structure will become a new iconic London landmark towering 115 metres into the London skyline. Alongside the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre, Anish Kapoor’s brilliant design will be like to honey to
bees for the millions of tourists that visit London each year. Having been involved in this project from the outset, I’m now looking forward to seeing it go from a great idea into a brilliant reality.”

Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Seb Coe said: “Our ambitions for the Games are very clear and very simple. We want to leave leaving a lasting legacy: of more young people playing sport, of changing public
attitudes towards disabilities through the Paralympic Games, of an extraordinarily transformed landscape in East London, in which this impressive sculpture will play a central role. The new sculpture will be an indelible memory, a declaration of legacy and a definable landmark that Londoners and people from around the world will enjoy visiting during the Games and long afterwards.

Margaret Ford, Chairman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “When you are able to combine an industry leader with a world renowned artist, supported by significant investment, we clearly see the significance of the Olympic Park. This visitor attraction will sit alongside our other iconic venues and, in animating the site, will encourage the public to use the park. This is a magnificent legacy asset.”

Advisory panel members Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Serpentine Gallery, said: “The success of Anish Kapoor’s Marsyas commission Tate Modern in 2003 and his exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2009 demonstrates that his work already strikes a chord with
many people. His close partnership with the distinguished engineer Cecil Balmond has created the exciting prospect of a sculpture to be climbed, an unexpected view of the city and a new place to visit and enjoy in London.”

Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota, who sat on the advisory panel, said: “We are delighted that Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond will give London a new structure which is one of the most exciting new commissions of our time. The collaboration between Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond and Lakshmi Mittal bridges art, architecture, engineering and business to produce a new landmark for London.”

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