People will love it or loathe it but London will soon have a new and truly twenty first century tower to coincide with its hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012.
For something that looks as if it should not be able to stand upright for very long, Kapoor has called in one of the most talented structural engineers in the world, Cecil Balmon. The tower will, when built stand almost one hundred and twenty meters in height. It will take one thousand four hundred tonnes of steel to build the colossal structure. Building will start very soon and is due to be completed by November 2011. Then, London will have a new and permanent feature on its landscape to rival the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower.
The architect, Kapoor has tried to reinvigorate the idea of what a tower should be. The twists and turns of the Orbit are intended to give a sensation of instability and give the impression of something continually in motion. By avoiding the traditional pyramidal shape of a tower he hopes to create a flowing and fluid form that continually changes as people walk around it.
In a nutshell, if you think fine art meets the London Eye you are on the right track. Take a look at the YouTube video released to coincide with the inauguration of Orbit.