THE ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AND WILL REOPEN ON 21 MAY
ART AND DESIGN
ART & DESIGN
For Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, two contemporary masters of art and design, the challenge of creating an iconic piece of public art for London 2012 was too good to pass up. They wanted to create a sculpture that reflected the energy of the city, the looping structure of an orbit sculpture that fed back into itself perfectly embodying the dynamism they had in mind. Kapoor envisaged visitors embarking on a journey of light, from the cave-like structure at ground level up to the sunlight vistas of the platforms in the sky.
It’s a long winding spiral: a folly that aspires to go even above the clouds and has something mythic about it.