The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a central feature of the London 2012 Olympic Park in the east-end borough of Stratford. The striking bright red tower, designed by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer and architect Cecil Balmond, is made of a continuous loop lattice of tubular steel and stands 114.5 meters above the Olympic Park and affords patrons a view of London and surroundings areas from the viewing platforms.
Located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Center, the tower is the fruition of a meeting between Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive of ArcelorMittal, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
According to ArcelorMittal’s Website, the company provided £19 million of the £23 million project with the remaining £4 million coming from the London Development Agency.
“It is a fantastic way to give a lasting gift to London, to play a part in the regeneration of a specific area of London and to signal our support for an iconic global sporting event,” said Mr. Mittal in an interview posted on the company’s Website. ArcelorMittal is a Tier 2 sponsor and the Official Steel Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit will be a legacy for London many years after the last competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games has finished.
ArcelorMittal Orbit facts and figures:
• It is the tallest sculpture in the UK
• The ArcelorMittal Orbit will be is 22 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty
• Over 2,000 tons of steel were used to build the Orbit
• The Orbit is made of 63% of recycled steel
• 35,000 bolts will be used in its construction
Link here for a video perspective of Orbit's journey.