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‘Spectacular’ lightshow planned for Orbit tower

Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in east London is to be lit up every night with a 15 minute-long lightshow

Around 250 colour LED spotlights have been installed on the 114.5 metre Olympic Park landmark to produce ‘stunning’ static and animated effects.

A lightshow will happen every evening with ‘special effects’ planned for major events in and around the park.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit can accommodate up to 5,000 visitors a day and is expected to receive 1 million people during the first year of operation.

Artist Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond designed the project in tandem with Ushida Findlay Architects.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Andrew Altman said: ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit will become one of London’s most spectacular attractions and a stunning backdrop to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

‘The feature lighting opens a completely new artistic aspect to the work of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. It will create a vivid landmark with dynamic effects that we can use in tandem with different events.’

ArcelorMittal head of brand Ian Louden said: ‘We’re delighted that the feature lighting, which has been developed together with Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, will extend the ArcelorMittal Orbit experience into the evening hours.’

The lighting will be tested over the next two weeks.

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