anish kapoor: arcelormittal orbit
anish kapoor: arcelormittal orbit
apr 02, 2010

anish kapoor: arcelormittal orbit

‘arcelormittal orbit’ by anish kapoorall images courtesy of anish kapoor



indian born, london based artist anish kapoor‘s ‘arcelormittal orbit’ has won the competition to design london’s olympic tower for the 2012 games. it is set to become the largest work of public art in the UK.

anish kapoor: arcelormittal orbitit is set to become the largest work of public art in the UK





standing at almost 115m tall the deep red trumpet shaped tower will give guests a view of the london landscape. the tower, named after steel magnate and the richest man in london, lakshmi mittal, consists of almost 1,400 tonnes of steel. said to cost around 30 million USD, the project will be undertaken by kapoor and arup engineers.

anish kapoor: arcelormittal orbitthe deep red trumpet shaped tower will stand at almost 115m tall 




the tower of babel was apparently a reference, according to kapoor; ‘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 mythic about it.’

work is due to start on the steel sculpture in the next few weeks, which the mayor of london boris johnson hopes will become a rival to paris’ eiffel tower.


  • Why not build a proper rollercoaster instead? Maybe a gentle one with scenic views that would suit old folks too…

  • It’s neat, if u like gigantic zero-gravity afterbirth…

  • ranti!

  • At least it’ll draw attention away from the non-descript stadium and poor Zaha’s cheap’n’cheerful aqua centre

  • Awesome, I love rollercoaster type structures.

    Stew from Canada
  • BOOOO!!!

  • another monstrosity

  • Should we climb in it or what?

  • I see a reminiscence of Tatline’s 3rd international tower there.

  • remembers me a little bit of a rollercoaster


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