Meet London's Wacky ArcelorMittal Orbit

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If you came to London for the 2012 Olympics you’ll remember that tall red mass of steel squiggles next door to the Stadium in the Olympic Park. Well, that bunch of squiggles is actually London’s tallest sculpture, and has reopened to the public after being closed for almost two years.The was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond to be a "radical rethink of the conventional tower structure." At 114.5m the ArcelorMittal Orbit it is a full 22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty; it’s also crazily and refreshingly asymmetrical.More From :

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If you came to London for the 2012 Olympics you’ll remember that tall red mass of steel squiggles next door to the Stadium in the Olympic Park. Well, that bunch of squiggles is actually London’s tallest sculpture, and has reopened to the public after being closed for almost two years.The was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond to be a "radical rethink of the conventional tower structure." At 114.5m the ArcelorMittal Orbit it is a full 22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty; it’s also crazily and refreshingly asymmetrical.More From : Close

If you came to London for the 2012 Olympics you’ll remember that tall red mass of steel squiggles next door to the... Read More

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The Orbit was sponsored by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi N. Mittal and so it contains a lot of steel: 2,000 tonnes of it to be precise (an impressive 60% of which is recycled). Looking up and down through the tangled loops of steel painted with 19,000 litres of bright red paint is the best—and most dizzying—part of the experience.More From : Close

The Orbit was sponsored by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi N. Mittal and so it contains a <em>lot</em> of steel: 2,000... Read More

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Visitors can go up and down in high-speed lifts that take 32 seconds to get to the top, but you can also take a spiralling staircase of 455 steps for the journey down. It's a somewhat head-rushing experience designed to make you feel you are ‘orbiting’ around the structure.More From : Close

Visitors can go up and down in high-speed lifts that take 32 seconds to get to the top, but you can also take a... Read More

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Two viewing platforms (at 76 and 80m height) allow for views 20 miles across London, of the City to the west, Crystal Palace to the south, and Alexandra Palace to the north. This view includes an awesome close-up of the Olympic stadium, which will be transformed into a 55,000-strong venue for football and athletics come 2016.More From : Close

Two viewing platforms (at 76 and 80m height) allow for views 20 miles across London, of the City to the west, Crystal... Read More

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All the outdoor parts of the Orbit’s viewing platforms are covered in wire mesh like this. It's understandable, for safety reasons—and the sloping platforms can be a bit vertigo-inducing—but it really spoils the view. Some small gaps for cameras would be great.More From : Close

All the outdoor parts of the Orbit’s viewing platforms are covered in wire mesh like this. It's understandable, for... Read More

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With its hundreds of different-coloured spotlights, the Orbit at night is pretty cool to look at.More From : Close

With its hundreds of different-coloured spotlights, the Orbit at night is pretty cool to look at.More From :

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There are digital telescopes on the Orbit’s lower viewing deck and concave mirrors in the upper deck designed by Anish Kapoor to turn the horizon on its head for visitors. And if you want to say ‘I do’ atop a great web of red steel in East London overlooking the City, you can—just not during opening hours.More From : Close

There are digital telescopes on the Orbit’s lower viewing deck and concave mirrors in the upper deck designed by... Read More

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From the Orbit you get a bird’s eye view of the transformation work still in progress at the Olympic Park—and the thousands of homes going up too.More From : Close

From the Orbit you get a bird’s eye view of the transformation work still in progress at the Olympic Park—and the... Read More

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The south of the park, which also reopened on April 5, has been designed by urban design and landscape architecture practice James Corner of New York High Line fame, and includes a tree-lined walk with globe lights (pictured), four walking trails, an adventure playground and interactive water fountains (see next photo).More From : Close

The south of the park, which also reopened on April 5, has been designed by urban design and landscape architecture... Read More

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The interactive water fountain designed by High Line architects James Corner in the foreground. Tickets are £7 for children and £15 for adults.More From : Close

The interactive water fountain designed by High Line architects James Corner in the foreground. Tickets are £7 for... Read More

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