London From Above

Published Date Author: , December 4th, 2013

London - Adam GroffmanYou know how sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time? Well, while in London earlier this month I had the chance for a sneak-peak visit to the UK’s tallest sculpture—the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture tower in the very center of the 2012 Olympic Park. It stands 114.5 meters tall (or 376 feet) and painted a stark (and impressive) red: RAL 3003 / Pantone 704.

Designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the sculpture is made up of over 2,000 tons of steel (57% of which is recycled). And I have to say, the only time when you really notice that this is a massive steel structure is when you’re underneath it. There’s a cone which helps to balance the structure at the base—providing a surreal moment when you realize directly above your head is a terrifying amount of very heavy metal. Here are two press photos from their official website to give you an idea of this thing, but my iPhone photos from the viewing platform are further below 🙂

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