Saturday, December 29, 2012

Interesting facts-Biggest public art in Britain

This huge tangle of metal is woth £22.7 million was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor. This controversial structure has now reached its full height of 376 ft.

It is not only the tallest sculpture in the UK, but also 72 ft taller than the Statue of Liberty and is intended to be a lasting monument to Britain's role in hosting the London 2012 Olympics. Visitors will be able to look down to the showpiece Olympic stadium from the latest landmark to London's skyline.

It will have two observation floors, a 455-step spiral staircase, lift and restaurant. The idea is to go up in the lift and walk down the staircase and take in the views and artistic tricks designed by Mr Kapoor.

Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal's chairman and chief executive who has invested £19.6 million into the project, described it as 'an ideal showcase for the versatility of steel'. ArcelorMittal, a London 2012 sponsor, is funding up to £19.6 million while the remaining £3.1 million is coming from the Greater London Authority.

When the designed was first unveiled in March last year, it was instantly nicknamed the Eyeful Tower - and likened enthusiastically by London Mayor Boris Johnson to a giant 'hubble-bubble' shisha pipe.

But contributors to Twitter and similar internet sites took only minutes to criticize the work. One described it as 'a rollercoaster that costs £19million a go'. Other early phrases included 'twisted spaghetti', 'horrific squiggles' and 'Meccano on crack'.

Mr Kapoor, 56, said it was 'thrilling' to be offered the chance to create for the capital something on a par with what Gustave Eiffel made in Paris. 'It would be terribly arrogant to compete with Eiffel who spent his entire life making that thing,' said Kapoor. 'What we're trying to make is the best thing we can do'.

The artist sees his looping, deep red-coloured tower as 'an eccentric structure that looks as if it's going to fall over'.



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