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Video: Structure Being Called 'London's 'Eiffel Tower' to Be Built for 2012 Olympic Games


It's being called London's Eiffel Tower, it's designed by Anish Kapoor, and it's going to be built for the 2012 Olympics. If only they'd build a version with a roller coaster attached.

BBC: "The 115m tall piece, named the ArcelorMittal Orbit, will be placed in the Olympic Park and will be 22m higher than New York's Statue of Liberty. The £19.1m design incorporates the five Olympic rings and will offer visitors panoramic views of London. London Mayor Boris Johnson revealed plans for the tower on Wednesday."

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  1. "First they put out that absolutely hideous Olympic 2012 logo that looks like Lisa Simpson giving head.."

    I almost choked laughing!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 1, 2010 2:40:56 PM

  2. England's "Awful Tower"

    Looks like something a 6th grader made with matchsticks.

    Posted by: castaway | Apr 1, 2010 2:50:10 PM

  3. Call me a stick in the mud, but i'd rather they rebuild the Crystal Palace.

    Posted by: Missanthrope | Apr 1, 2010 3:19:17 PM

  4. Dr Seuss called. He wants his susafrulumpa horn back.

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 1, 2010 3:54:18 PM

  5. Wow, that's hideous. "Uptightness" and "conformity" have nothing to do with my lack of appreciation for that bizarre contraption.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 1, 2010 4:41:13 PM

  6. It looks like the sky opened up and shat pink steel. My god, what a waste of money. Build something useful... or even tasteful, for heaven's sake.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 1, 2010 5:03:25 PM

  7. I love Anish Kapoor but reminds me Saffy's molecular model from the biology project. Or if you grew up in UK something Judith would use on Tomorrows World to demonstrate how a disease works.

    Posted by: paul | Apr 1, 2010 5:37:56 PM

  8. It looks like a melted erector set.

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 1, 2010 6:08:23 PM

  9. If only it was a pair, Lady Gaga could wear them for party shoes.

    Posted by: mrpeenee | Apr 1, 2010 7:37:23 PM

  10. The Dome was a flop. The London Eye was only going to remain in situ for 5 years. Look at them now - The Dome, re-born as The 02 is one of the most popular convert venues and the London Eye is the no.1 'paid for' tourist attraction in London.

    This unusual tower will be a storming success, simply because it has a viewing platform. Anytime people can get up high and look at a vista of the 600sq miles of London around them, they're gonna do it. Simple as.

    As it's largely paid for out of private funds, the public aren't going to moan about taxpayer's money being 'wasted' and London loves eccentricity. We're not the kind of city who wants a traditional looking structure - that's been done elsewhere. We've got the Dome/02, we've got the Eye, we've got the Gherkin, City Hall and the Lloyds building and now we're gonna get this and it will be loved.

    The Olympic 2012 logo is crap though. Proper crap!

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 2, 2010 5:41:55 AM

  11. Well I'm certainly in the minority, or possibly make up the entire minority, but I think it's quite an interesting take on a tower. I like the design and the forms it creates.

    Posted by: Matthew | Apr 2, 2010 1:26:35 PM

  12. Placed next to a stadium, what a chip & dip set!!

    Posted by: Rusty | Apr 2, 2010 4:11:23 PM

  13. My dear Mr. Kapoor: you are no Gustave Eiffel.

    Posted by: niles | Apr 3, 2010 12:08:19 AM

  14. BUTT UGLY!!!!

    And it's just like all modern British architecture: U-G-L-Y

    Posted by: Yogachick | Apr 3, 2010 1:02:44 AM

  15. Speaking as a graduate student in visual culture: this is an architectural abortion.

    I normally like Kapoor. I normally defend to the death deconstuctivism. But what the hell is this? And us scholars wonder why the public hates contemporary art.

    Posted by: Andrew F | Apr 4, 2010 3:19:23 PM

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