A tower designed to offer panoramic views for the London Olympic games is complete. The soaring structure of twisted metal rises nearly 377 feet above the ground.
Critics of the tower call it a roller coaster gone wrong, while fans posit, The Arcelormittal Orbit, pronounced ARE-SELL-OR-ME-TAL, will become a landmark for London, rivaling Paris’s Eiffel tower. The “Orbit”, derives its name from the steel company that paid most of the 36.5 million dollar bill.
Artist Anish Kapoor, and engineer Cecil Balmond, designed the tower. The “Orbit” opens to Olympic ticket holders this summer, and a pricey, twenty-two dollars buys an elevator ride to the top. Unfortunately however, it will be closed to the public until 2014.
London’s mayor, Lakshmi Mittal took time to comment on the towers dubious inception.
“What an amazing event this is. This was conceived in a 45-second conversation, in a cloakroom, in Davos, and here it is, sprouting to its full height, on time, and on budget.”