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Steel As Big Art - 21st Century Style
Posted by Tom Klemens on April 5, 2010 at 7:57 AM.

Last week London’s mayor announced that a huge structural steel sculpture will be one of the icons of the 2012 Olympic Games. Dubbed the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the structure will have a height of 377 ft, about 60 ft taller than another well-known icon, the Statue of Liberty. (Another point for comparison: the nearby London Eye stands 442 ft high.)


Steel producer ArcelorMittal will provide the steel and underwrite much of the structure’s cost. The design is by Anish Kapoor, who also designed the bean-shaped polished stainless steel Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Structural engineering will be spearheaded by Arup’s Cecil Balmond.Link to AM press release


ArcelorMittal’s online announcement of the project includes a 4-minute video that includes brief but enlightening interviews with both Kapoor and Balmond. Click here to read the press release and view the embedded video.

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