- ArcelorMittal Orbit -
The twisting ArcelorMittal Orbit standing at 376ft (114.5m) was officially unveiled today at Stratford's Olympic Park.....
It isn't art, it may be engineering or architecture. As engineering it may be innovative and its use of recycled materials 'on-message'. As architecture it has function, it is after all an observation platform, you pay your money to get to the top; have a look around and come back down again.
It isn't sculpture, or at least no more so that Saint Paul's Cathedral, The Palace of Westminster or 30 St Mary Axe. It is named for its financier rather than the people, city or nation on which it stands, similar to sports stadiums whose history are ignored as they are re-branded after multinational corporations.
It is design, it is creative, both in the design of the concept and the engineers who solved the problems of its construction. It may act as a precursor to the final realisation of Tatlin’s Tower (The Monument to the Third International) the grand monumental building envisioned by the Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin, but never built. As design only time will reveal the ArcelorMittal Orbit's worth.
- Made of steel, glass and revolution, Tatlin's Tower, 1919. -
For your viewing pleasure...
Tower Bawher, Theodore Ushev.