The Friday Photos: ArcelorMittal Orbit

It’s the UK’s largest sculpture and it provokes mixed reactions — at least it did in the run-up to the Games. The ArcelorMittal Orbit, designed by A-list sculptor Anish Kapoor and paid for (mostly) by a steel tycoon, has become such a regular sight on the TV over the last two weeks that it feels like an old landmark.

The Orbit looks more impressive up close than it does from a distance. The red steel sprays up into the sky and on a cloudy day (as with the first image above), the structure appears to sway against the moving white stuff behind it.

The photographers in this selection have approached the Orbit from a number of angles. Some went right in close; others used the patches of wild flowers in the Olympic Park to set up a contrast. Whatever the approach, Kapoor’s big red toy looks magnificent through a lens.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Orbit’s conception, this page on Kapoor’s website is fascinating.

All images from the Londonist Flickr pool, with thanks to: CdL CreativeMichael GoldreiLuke RobinsonEd HollisDavid Hendersonfirstnameunknown (x2), snaphappysal and Simon Wraight.

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