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31 March 2010 | News | By: M@

Anish Kapoor's Towering Olympic Sculpture Revealed

Images have emerged for a planned 120 metre tower from artist a la mode Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. What will become Britain's tallest piece of public art will begin construction on the Olympic site almost immediately, for completion next year.

The structure, dubbed 'Orbit' resembles a topologically improbable roller coaster attempting to ingest previous Anish Kapoor sculptures. What's not to love? Oh, right, the price tag. £19 million. Ouch. We hope they know what they're doing.Boris sang the sculptor's praises as only Boris could:"He has taken the idea of a tower and transformed it into a piece of modern British art. It would have boggled the minds of the Romans. It would have boggled Gustave Eiffel."Are you boggled, bejoyed or begrudged? And who can come up with a nickname for our latest folly?
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zefrog

someone (not a fan) mentioned a melted Forth Bridge... ;)

I think I rather like it. let's wait until it's done.

M@

Actually, forget the sculpture. Is that the world's largest area of concrete surrounding it? Look at the second pic.

Lindsey

I am boggled

iSleepDiagonal

Remember that scene in The Fly where Jeff Goldblum tries to teleport a baboon and it arrives inside-out? It reminds me of the baboon's innards at the end of that scene.

Adam

It'll look great covered in graffiti, pigeons and discarded carrier bags.

ZoeJ

I think it's quite seriously ugly.

The Leaning Tower of Umbilical Cord is my personal nickname.

Missy Edwards

It looks like a stomach and large bowel.Hideous.

the_salisburyist

It's a bit early for April Fools Day isn't it ?

As for nicknames - Spaghetti Towers?

zefrog

How about the Squiggle for a nickname (not my idea sadly)?

ZoZo

It's clearly inspired by these: so I say it's The Stratford Scoubidou

Babb

I want one in my garden.

And, to make it more fun, it should be a rollercoster.

Babb

Strawberry laces.

onbeschoft

Scoubidou - very appropriate... but really Scoubidon't.
baboons innards definitely...looks a hot mess...but have a feeling its going to be fab in the flesh.
spesh if that thing twirling round the intestinal tract is a giant slide - please!

Kingpin

That is by far... the absolute worst bit of architecture I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of pretty awful architecture in my time... a few by Norman Forster for example.

This is the epitome of what's wrong with architecture these days, architects trying to create a "signature" piece which, sure, is attention and headline grabbing, and certainly won't be easily forgotten, but is an absolute travesty.

Just like the logo, it'll be way to expensive, god-awful, absolutely useless at the end of the event, and will be something any local could've done a better design for.

Tomtiredoflondon

I really want to like it but in these pictures it just looks a bit cheap.

I'm sure it'll look better in the flesh. It's certainly better than a lot of the plans that were floating around last year.

Remind me, is this the thing that everyone was referring to as the 'Piffle Tower'?

SebBrennan

I think it looks like an assemblage of Curly Wurlys, and so I demand it be called the Curly Wurly.

Not sure whether I like it or not, but ask yourself this- would the Parisiens let it be built in their city? No?

Good, lets have one then.

SallyB

Well I really love it. Although one wonders if they couldn't make it from scrap metal and reduce the costs therein...

Bloomsbury

Looks like a dream for Father's for Justice and other protesters.

Will there be the world's longest Stannah Stairlift? After all, this is supposed to be a 'Games for everyone'.

I much preferred 'The Cloud' concept. That would have been really groundbreaking.

thebigbunny

I like the shape & the curvature ... I just think it might look better solid. Not sure about the 'scaffolding' look with all the swooping curves -- choose one or the other methinks! London already has enough scaffolding (and things that look like scaffolding, frankly!).

ishmael

It's ghastly, though somewhat appropriate.... It's what we've all come to expect from the Olympics: twisted deals and convoluted planning that ends with the taxpayer paying for something that should have been a streamlined and linear process.

Oliver

It looks tantalisingly easy to climb... Which I WILL try!

Alex

How about, the Herdy Gerdy?

George

TRULY AWFUL AND A DISGRACE ON THE PART OF ANISH, BORIS AND TESSA.  I AM SHOCK WITH DISBELIEF. DO NOT DO THIS IN PUBLIC AGAIN PLEASE.

russell

How about "The Knotted Scrotum"  ?

Chris F

Call it 'The Knot'.
It's horrible.