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ArcelorMittal Orbit, London

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the winning entry to a competition organised by the Greater London Authority to design an accessible work of public art that would be an iconic centre-piece for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a landmark sculpture, showcasing the versatility and strength of steel, it is located within the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, of which ArcelorMittal is a Tier Two supporter.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is 114.5 metres tall, with two observation decks, at 80m and 76m. At least 60% of the steel used in the Orbit, which comes from ArcelorMittal's facilities around the world, is recycled from scrap. There are lifts to go up for everyone, and down too for those that need them, although visitors are encouraged to walk down, using the spiral staircase. Situated on the Olympic Park between the Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK's tallest sculpture.

The realisation of the Kapoor and Balmond vision has been made possible by Arup whose engineers and technical experts are experienced in major artistic collaborations. Ushida Findlay Architects has completed the design and seamless integration of the architectural elements of the sculpture, including the visitor staircase that winds around the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was completed and handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation in May 2012. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will operate the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the summer of 2012. After a period of transformation, the Legacy Company is expected to then re-open the ArcelorMittal Orbit as a visitor attraction within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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  • Essentially says what is does on the tin. A big slide. You get some decent speed and it twists and turns nicely, but it’s over quickly. Would have liked a bit more of the clear sections for more views...  more »
  • The only reason I decided to do this was I was at Olympic park in the morning for a 5k run. I figured why not go up to the viewing platform. I didn’t think it was worth it. The cost was £12.50 and rea...  more »
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  • Booked this for the family to do on our trip to London. There was some initial nervousness about the height but we explained it was quick and everyone looked happy as they came off. Queuing was very social and we chatted to a lovely French family whilst we awaited our fate ......I mean turn. The team working there were very good and efficient. Great views from the viewing area. Would recommend and would have loved a second go. Had to shuffle out of the bottom of the slide but I all of the people that I saw didn’t fully slide out. I was reassured by the team member that I had time to get off.
  • Took my son here for a Sunday excursion. First we up to the top (2nd floor) to check out the views of London, we could see the shard, central London, the top of O2 building and other known landmarks. Then we made our way down to the first floor to take the slide down. My son had a camera attached which recorded his message as he went down the slide. It was a brilliant experience and would come again very soon. I purchased my tickets from get you guide. Staff were friendly and polite and it's something for the kids to do which isn't expensive.
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