Friday, April 2

2012 Olympic Tower Unveiled In London

LONDON -- The Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiled the artist and design chosen to create a tallest tower in the UK on Wednesday, which would act as a spectacular new visitor attraction in the Olympic Park

The dark red 115-meter tower was designed by Turner Prize- winning artist Anish Kapoor. Anish Kapoor said, "I am deeply honored 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."
The stunning artwork, to be entitled "The Arcelor Mittal Orbit", will ensure the Olympic Park remains an unrivaled visitor destination following the 2012 Games, providing the key Olympic legacy Mayor of London Boris Johnson envisioned for the East End.

Standing at the tower, it will 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 spiraling staircase.

Boris Johnson said, "long after the Games over our aim is to have a stunning spectacle in east London that will be recognized 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 Arcelor Mittal Orbit."
The 19.1 million pound cost tower will stand in the southern part of the Olympic Park between the Stadium and Aquatics Center and will open in time for the 2012 Games.

After completion, the Olympic Park Legacy Company will take ownership and run the visitor attraction.
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