London Olympics' Conflicted Architecture: Gorgeous Gardens, Scary "Orbit"

By James S. Russell - 2012-07-10T14:42:12Z

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

The $36.5 million ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 114-meter-high sculptural icon and viewing platform for the London Olympics. Artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond collaborated on the steel structure that wraps a spiral stair.