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 In pictures: Orbit tower tops-out on Olympic Park site

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These are the latest images showing Anish Kapoor’s 114.5 metre-tall ArcelorMittal Orbit tower on the Olympic Park in east London

Designed with Arup engineers and Ushida Findlay Architects, the £22.7 million spiralling structure which topped out last week is claimed to be the UK’s tallest sculpture.

The final ‘top lattice loop’ piece of the tower was lifted into place last Friday (28 October) less than a year after construction started.

Steel company ArcelorMittal – which funded £19.6 million of the project’s cost – plans to formally hand over the building to the Olympic Park Legacy company in March next year.

Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay Architects said it was ‘quite emotional’ to see the project nearly completed.

The attraction will feature an indoor and outdoor viewing platform and is expected to receive a million visitors in its first year. As much as 63 per cent of the 2,000 tonnes of steel used to build the Orbit was recycled.

Olympic Park Legacy Company chief executive Andrew Altman said: ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit is set to become one of London’s top visitor attractions.

‘With amazing views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and London skyline, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will stand alongside the Park’s iconic venues and provide a stunning backdrop for the thousands of new family homes we plan to build in the Park after the Games.’

Anish Kapoor added: ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit has been conceived as a structure made-up of discreet elements which seek to engage the viewer in experience through form, colour and reflectivity.

‘The work invites public participation and engagement. Now that the Orbit is complete, the tower will reveal its revolution in the conception of form out of art and engineering.’


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