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London Orbit Tower provides Olympic view

Thursday, August 02, 2012 - 01:02

Aug. 2 - Visitors hail what is now Britain's largest art installation. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Spiraling 115 meters, or over 370 feet in the air, London's Orbit Tower is providing a bird's eye view of the Olympic Games. The roller coaster-like structure has received mixed reviews, but visitors at the Olympic Park appreciated the observation deck. (SOUNDBITE) Chris Allan, visitor, saying (English): "Its really nice. It's bigger than I thought." (SOUNDBITE) Lee Cadwallader, visitor, saying (English): "The Orbit, it looks amazing, I'm going up there later. (SOUNDBITE) Lisa Hume, park visitor, saying (English): "Be good if it could be used afterwards like a climbing structure or a helter skelter type thing, to be re-used I think." It's now considered Britain's largest piece of public art. Created by sculptor Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond, the Orbit Tower will be a permanent fixture, serving as a symbol and reminder that London played host to the summer 2012 Olympic Games. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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London Orbit Tower provides Olympic view

Thursday, August 02, 2012 - 01:02