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We’re delighted to announce that the judge for the International Willesden Herald 2017 New Short Stories competition will be none other than...

Monday, May 14, 2012

First view from the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower – video

"Jonathan Jones takes a trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in the Olympic village in Stratford, east London, and speaks to the artist Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond about the £22.7m structure. The London mayor, Boris Johnson, who persuaded the steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal to provide £19.6m towards the cost, reveals his view on the finished tower while Newham residents living in its shadow share their mixed opinions" (Guardian Online)

The views are awesome. You'll also hear a bit about Tatlin's tower, intriguingly not quite ruled out by Kapoor as (perhaps satirical?) source, as well as Babel, of course, but also Trajan's column/tower. It's a fine bit of work by the Guardian, as long as you take the Jonathan Jones' somewhat flighty interpretations with a pinch of salt. He is amusing with it, though. (Ed.)

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