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London’s new tower not my cup of tea

Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a roller coaster? No, it’s the “ArcelorMittal Orbit” observation tower in London, focal point of this year’s Olympic park. CNN has posted a photo gallery and story, if you want all the details. Now Europe’s tallest sculpture, the tower is 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty and cost £24 million. For folks who don’t speak metric, that’s 72 feet and $36.5 million and change, I think.

Sorry, London. It does nothing for me. It’s just a giant undisciplined mess. But hey, hope your games are great anyway.


  1. What a mess 😀 Let us hope my countrymen have the rest of the whole Olympic Thing – especially transport infrastructure- a little better put together than this was. Oh, hold on- IS this the transport infrastructure?

    • I gather you aren’t exactly thrilled with the tower either. If it does represent your transport infrastructure, you have my condolences. You could be in for an interesting summer … 😆

  2. At first glance, I thought it was wrapped in a roller coaster like I’ve seen in images of Las Vegas. Barring that, I’d bet the London area has much taller places, with much more impressive views. The illuminated night shot at the end of the slide show wasn’t bad though… 😀

  3. BTW PT, I noticed the “notify of comments” check box is gone form your blog. Since WP started forcing them to be checked in advance, I’m having to remember to uncheck it when I respond to a comment to avoid duplicate email notices. How’s that working on your end? 😕

    • I canceled the box so nobody would get spammed from this blog. It doesn’t affect me in any way, and I hope it’s not inconveniencing any readers who want to follow the comments here. So far no one has mentioned it. Certainly I’d put it back if anyone complained. You want me to put it back?

      I’ve seen some blogs where the administrator has added an “uncheck” reminder just before the comment box, which I really appreciate. (Maybe I’ll do that.) I never remember to uncheck, just as I never remembered to check.

  4. The sculpture pix don’t present the darn thing very well. Hopefully it looks better in person and in its’ surroundings (it does look like it’s trying to mirror lines and forms) – It’s either very bad or OK..
    Nice concept to have a spiral people could walk around and get different views? – but should have been taller.
    Also hope all this stuff brings some business to that area so the locals get monetary benefit for putting up with all the trouble and costs.

    • I sure agree the locals should benefit. Whether they will or not is anyone’s guess. I’m not sure the possible monetary gain would be worth all the hassle and disruption. I even saw one story somewhere that said the British government is asking some locals for permission to mount missile launchers (or some such weapon) on their roofs to defend the games against possible attacks.

  5. awful, with all my respect I was expecting something better. Sorry very much but this tower seems to me like an Eiffel Tower colapsed!!

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