The Independent covers the announcement of London’s newest attraction:
The Anish Kapoor designed tower will sit in London’s Olympic park and, standing at 115 metres, will be nearly 20 metres taller than the Big Ben clock tower and more than double the height of Nelson’s Column. It is being hailed as London’s answer to the Eiffel tower and aims to make the Olympics site a permanent visitor attraction.
The Arcelormittal Orbit, named after steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal who is partially funding the project, consists of almost 1,000 tonnes of tubular steel in a continuously looping lattice which visitors will be able to climb. The lattice is made up of eight strands winding into each other and combined by rings like a jagged knot. It will have two indoor 984ft (300m) viewing platforms, and a visitor pavilion at the base will include an educational exhibition.
Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, will fund up to £16million of the £19.1 million project, with the outstanding £3.1 million provided by the London Development Agency.
Mind boggling’ artwork that will tower over London (Independent)