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Largest sculpture in the UK now at the Olympic Park

Another landmark point in the construction of the Olympic Park has been reached as the Arcelormittal Orbit structure has been completed. Now it is the largest sculpture in the UK and reaches nearly 115 m high. It is located next to the Olympic Stadium and has been designed by Anish Kapoor, the Turner prize-winning artist. The structural design has been completed by Cecil Balmond and has cost nearly £23 million.

You can climb the structure by its 450 steps up to 2 observation decks and there is even a restaurant at the top. The idea is that visitors will travel to the top of the sculpture in a lift and walk down the staircase to be able to fully enjoy the artistic detail of the sculpture.

It stands over 20 m higher than the Statue of Liberty and it is hoped that it will remain a popular attraction even once the games have completed. The company responsible for funding the project have said that the structure should be a symbol of regeneration for this part of London and a sign of things to come.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London has given the sculpture his full support and said it is an iconic symbol that has been added to the skyline of London. Mr Johnson continued saying, “This is a spectacular piece of modern art and should drive visitors to this part of London for a long time to come. What we are witnessing here is a historic moment in London skyline.” It is expected that the structure will bring 50 jobs to the area and bring in £10 million of revenue every year.


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