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Construction begins on Olympic Park 'Orbit'

Building work on the twisting ArcelorMittal Orbit began today.

The 114m tower will be Britian’s tallest sculpture and consists of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor designed the tower in collaboration with structural designer Cecil Balmond.

The structure costs £22.3M, with ArcelorMittal providing £19.2M and the outstanding £3.1M provided by the London Development Agency.

“I am delighted that construction work has started today,” said Anish Kapoor. “I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support for the project.”

Situated between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will give visitors a view of the entire Olympic Park and across London’s skyline. Visitors will be able to take a trip up the structure in a lift and will have the option of walking down the spiralling staircase.

Construction is expected for completion in March 2012 when it will be handed over to the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

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