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Kapoor's Orbit tower Lights Up for Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony Rehersal

  By CHELNA KHATAU   Jul 27th 2012 at 12:00PM Lifestyle RATED

 


The Orbit towers over the Olympic stadium. Image courtesy: AP


We told you that award-winning artist Anish Kapoor was working on a sculpture for the 2012 London Olympics.  On Wednesday night, his Orbit Tower, which he co-designed with Cecil Balmond, shone brightly as it towered over the 2012 Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London during a dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony.

The massive 115-metre steel and glass structure described by the Guardian as a 'daring, imaginative and exhilarating' work of public art, is also known as the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It's because Britain's richest man, Lakshmi Mittal, donated the steel and even loaned most of the £22.7 million required for its construction. He has lifetime naming rights over the tower, and possibly some of the best views of the Games.

 

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