Anish Kapoor’s sculpture for 2012 Olympics


London: A towering steel sculpture, taller than the Statue of Liberty and designed by the internationally renowned Mumbai-born artist Anish Kapoor, will form the backdrop to the London 2012 Olympic Games stadium in East London.
Unveiling the design of the £19.1m project — a massive web of spiraling steel in the form of five Olympic rings — the Mayor of London Boris Johnson hailed it as an “inspired work of art’’ that would change the East London landscape forever and come to be internationally recognised as an “iconic cultural legacy’’ of the Games.
The 115-meter tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, named after Lakshmi Mittal’s steel company, which is partially funding the project, will be 22 meters higher than the Statue of Liberty providing what is promised to be a panoramic view of London .
It will be placed in the Olympic Park.
Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal, which will fund up to £16 million of the project, said he was delighted to be associated with what he hoped would be a “a bold, beautiful and magnificent sculpture that also showcases the great versatility of steel.”

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