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ArcelorMittal Orbit, London

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a 114.5m sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It is Britain's largest piece of public art, and is intended to be a permanent lasting legacy of London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, assisting in the post-Olympics regeneration of the Stratford area. Sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.Orbit was designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup. Announced on 31 March 2010, it was expected to be completed by December 2011. The project came about after Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell decided in 2008 that the Olympic Park needed "something extra". Designers were asked for ideas for an "Olympic tower" at least 100m high, and Orbit was the unanimous choice from proposals considered by a nine-person advisory panel. Kapoor and Balmond believed that Orbit represented a radical advance in the architectural field of combining sculpture and structural engineering, and that it combined both stability and instability in a work that visitors can engage with and experience via an incorporated spiral walkway. It has been both praised and criticised for its bold design, and has especially received criticism as a vanity project of questionable lasting use or merit as a public art project.
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  • Very good experience great staff very quick quite expensive for what it is even with family discount ticket  more »
  • I decided to gout of my comfort zone and do this giant helter-skelter. I booked online and was given a time slot so it was easy to get in. The man at the desk was helpful and explained what i needed t...  more »
  • Visited here for the thrill of the slide! And wow it was amazing. After paying the entrance fee, you go up to slide but keep hold of your ticket you need it to access the slide queue. As you can pay j...  more »
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  • Really worth experiencing! Slightly chaotic organisationally but redeemed by super friendly staff. The whole concept is inspired and well-executed and the ride itself is much more fun than expected. Advance booking is strongly recommended.
  • Not the most beautiful sculpture in my opinion, but the views it offers are absolutely breathtaking. The slide is an experience on its own. Really fun and thrilling. Feels quite safe too. Staff was very polite and helpful. Price was 17.50 GBP.
  • Great and unique experience. Very good views and the slide is very fun. Also recommend taking the stairs down from the platform, there is a cool exhibit of sounds from around east London. Only thing is that it is quite expensive considering you can only ride the slide once.
  • Did the slide experience. More pleasant than hair - raising but you can see some lovely views of the park. The whole experience doesn't take very long. You would need much more than an hour for the slide and views.
  • One of the biggest slides in the world. £5 per head entry ticket to slide. Thrilling experience. The view from above is breathtaking. A must do!
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