By ,17-Jun-2012 15:06:00
There was a good programme on the box last night, the BBC's Arts presenter Alistair Sooke, interviewed the Artist Anish Kapoor about his sculpture cum architecture; the 'ArcelorMittal Orbit', now completed and resident alongside the Olympic Stadium in London.
Most people I speak to or have heard from, have dismissed the bright red tower, as a monstrosity...waste of public money.....ugly art!
As the telly explained it was paid for in the main, (over £22 million) by the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.
Alongside the artistic temperament and thinking, came the architectural nous of Cecil Balmond.
And in my view, the 'Orbit' is a valuable asset to the London skyline. It appears alive and fluent, belying the enormous steel parts that make it up. The colour red reinforces the strength and entices the eye even more.
And it IS a treat for the visual senses.
Although as pointed out last night, the walkways in steel colour do make a statement in themselves, and appear to distance their obvious need from the sculptural aspect overall. Better they were red too.
I can't wait to try it out. From the enormous funnel on ground level to the viewing platform some 80m up in the wind.
Bravo to the Boris and the Committee that approved it. I can't imagine Mr Livingstone had he been in power would have wanted it.
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