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ArcelorMittal Orbit tops out to create UK's tallest sculpture

The Olympic Park sculpture and public viewing platform, designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and renowned Arup structural engineer Cecil Balmond, reached its full height of 114.5m on Friday, marking the completion of the main steelwork.

The top lattice loop of the sculpture was lifted into place by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine as the last piece of 2,000t of steel used in the construction of the continuous looping lattice structure.

Following fit-out works, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will be handed over to the Olympic Park Legacy Company in May 2012 in preparation for opening during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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