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UK’s largest sculpture opens as a visitor attraction


The ArcelorMittal Orbit, which was labeled the Eiffel Tower after a nuclear attack and by some as a Godzilla of public art, will be the UK’s largest sculpture.

The structure was designed as part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s competition to create a landmark for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and has reopened today as a visitor attraction.


The Eiffel Tower, Tatlin’s Tower, the Tower of Babel and their own imaginations inspired the Orbit’s daring and ambitious design by Turner Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond.


At 114.5 metres, the Orbit offers a totally new perspective of London. From two spacious viewing platforms, visitors can see over 20 miles across London and a panorama that includes iconic buildings such as The Shard, Big Ben, The Gherkin, St Paul’s, Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium, the world-famous sporting venues of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including the Stadium, Copper Box Arena, Aquatics Centre and Lee Valley VeloPark


Newly installed digital telescopes using innovative i-view technology will enable guests to get up close to the views whilst also learning the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is open daily between 10am – 6pm. For further information or to book tickets, visit


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 4, 2014 | Design | View comments

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