ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, the sculpture with the slide

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is a sculpture of 90, 5 meters high and a observation tower in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is the Olympic park. A few meters away from the Olympic stadium, it is a permanent legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London of 2012.

Now famous for being the tallest sculpture in the UK and the tallest slide in the world.

Orbit was created by Turner Prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup Group .

Before the completion of the construction of the Olympic park it was decided that something was missing from the complex between the stadium and the London Aquatics Center and that a tower or something relief was needed or.

The Kapoor and Balmond project combined sculpture and structural engineering in the Orbit, creating a work with which viewers can connect and experience via a built-in spiral walkway. So it’s about art you can interact with.

The hard-to-pronounce name comes from Lakshmi Mittal, president of ArcelorMittal who gave 16 millions of pounds for the project.

Tower structure

The tower that contains the elevators and supports the observation deck is enclosed in a red steel wire mesh. On the way up, the trunk narrows to 5 metres before widening again to 9.6 meters just before the observatory.

The sculpture is made of steel. Steel was the only material capable of providing the desired thickness and maximum strength for coil construction.

When opened there were those who were enthusiastic and those who criticized the work, being a bit industrial in look and a nice dark red colour. Also, the Mayor of London at the time was Boris Johnson and many saw it as another of his crazy projects. It should also be added that even for the London Eye there were many dissatisfied with the structure and where it was located, but now it has become part of the London landscape.

While not everyone likes the structure, the tower has another reason to attract people. It has a tunnel slide and a viewing platform. So grab your entrance tickets, go up and see the view, you can also see central London and Hyde Park and when you get bored, if you want to use the slide instead of taking the lift.

Is it scary to go down the slide?

It depends on what you mean by fear, there are some tunnels and initially it seems steep and fast, but it doesn’t last long. Of course if you don’t like these things, don’t go there and limit yourself to the viewing platform, or look at everything from below. If you have the London Pass, admission is included and you don’t have to pay anything else.

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