So much has been written about the like-it or vehemently loathe-it ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park
Its inventor Anish Kapoor has welcomed the controversy, saying ‘discomfort is okay’, while its engineer, Cecil Balmond, has likened the hoo-hah to that met by Wren and his designs for St Paul’s – ‘nobody wanted a dome on a cathedral’.
Knockers have called for the ‘awful tower’ to be immediately recycled after the 2012 Games. Others, before it even starts. Intriguingly, that would in fact be possible while the observation tower remains in operation, because parts of the spiralling diagrid loop sculpture are entirely structurally redundant. How much exactly, Arup refused to say.
Any Olympians up for a game of Jenga?