Sky is the limit for UK Olympics rival to Eiffel
Published 01/04/2010 | 05:00
MORE than 120 years after Gustave Eiffel built the steel lattice that came to symbolise Paris, London is taking on the City of Light with the Colossus of Stratford -- at least, that is one of the names the capital's mayor has in mind.
Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell sees Anish Kapoor's work as a way of making the site of the 2012 Games stand-out. East London will have the largest and most ambitious artwork in the country: a startling red tower that looks like a mangled rollercoaster.
It is too early to tell what the world will call this €20m, 115m-tall (377ft) feat of technological and industrial wizardry, but one of Mayor Boris Johnson's favourite titles is The Hubble-Bubble. It is actually called the Arcelor Mittal Orbit -- named after the steel company owned by Lakshmi Mittal, the richest man in Britain, who is paying most of the cost.
Kapoor beat competition from the artist Antony Gormley and the architects Caruso St John to win the contest to find yet another "iconic symbol" for the city and the Olympic Park.
Detailed plans were revealed yesterday at the Greater London Assembly headquarters. Officially the structure will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty. (© The Times, London)