The ArcelorMittal Orbit: London’s Eiffel Tower?

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, the 114.5-metre tall tower of steel designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond and sponsored by the world's largest steel producer, was unveiled in London's Olympic Park last week.

The tower, replete with two observation floors, and a 455-step spiral staircase, has courted controversy, and even creator Mr Kapoor admits that it is an “awkward” structure "with its elbows sticking out".

The Hindu Business Line’s London correspondent was among those who thought it was an eyesore when it was first unveiled and as it was being built didn’t change her mind.

A closer look and a trip up the tower persuaded her that she, along with others, may have been too quick to pass judgment on a rather captivating and bold construction and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Listen to Vidya Ram's podcast on the ArcelorMittal Orbit, emblem for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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