The 2012 Olympic Games commence in London on July 27 and the city has been prepping for the past few years to make a statement. Enter the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, wanted a structure and artwork to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and a design competition was launched. During a chance meeting with Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Johnson secured ArcelorMittal’s support. The winning artist and design of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond) were unveiled in March 2010. The ArcelorMittal Orbit reached its full height in late 2011 and became the tallest sculpture in England, with 455 steps to the top and a size that scales 377 feet, 70 feet over the Statue of Liberty (ground to torch). The Orbit stands in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, allowing for views of the entire park from its two observation decks.
The Aquatics Centre (left), ArcelorMittal Orbit (centre), Olympic Stadium (background, right) and Water Polo Arena (foreground, right) in the London Olympic Park viewed from the Westfield Stratford City John Lewis viewing gallery in May 2012.
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