Artist hails 'awkward' Olympic sculpture

May 12, 2012, 08:06 IST | Agencies

The twisting red tower standing at 114.5 metres next to the Olympic Stadium in east London is "awkward" and "beautiful," its designer said as it was unveiled.

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor, who created the ArcelorMittal Orbit with structural designer Cecil Balmond, also said the £10 (Rs 870) entrance price for adults and £7 (Rs 602) for children during the Games should come down after 2012.He wants a “more democratic” price, saying those figures are “a hell of a lot of money”.

Towering: The ArcelorMittal Orbit was created by Anish Kapoor. It has two observation decks, and a restaurant

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is in charge of securing the future of the Olympic Park, said a lower post-Games pricing system is being figured out. Kapoor said that he thinks it is beautiful but added, “I think it is awkward. It has its elbows sticking out. In a way it refuses any singular capture. It refuses to be an emblem. It is unsettling and I think that is part of this thing of beauty.”

Visitors will be able to look down to the showpiece stadium from the latest landmark to London’s skyline. The twisting tangle of steel, which looks as if it is going to fall over, is not only the tallest sculpture in the UK but also 22 metres (72ft) taller than the Statue of Liberty. The cutting-edge tower, dubbed the Hubble Bubble by London Mayor Boris Johnson because of its resemblance to a shisha pipe, is intended to help make the Olympic Park in Stratford a must-see attraction long after the 2012 Games have ended. It has two observation floors, a 455-step spiral staircase, lift and restaurant.

Rs 195 cr
The cost of constructing the 114.5 metres tower  

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