Wednesday 15 August 2012

London 2012 - 3 - Orbit

This is The Orbit, a piece of artwork standing 115 metres high and offering a view over the Olympic Park and East London.

Designed by Anish Kapoor, the looping twists of the structure represent the five Olympic rings.

Ticket holders travel up the centre of the structure by lift, giving them access to the viewing platform. After admiring the view, the downward journey is via the spiral stairway circling the structure.

Tickets need to be bought in advance, but we didn't.

We have not missed our chance, however. Although the structure will be closed after the Games, it is due to re-open in late 2013, allowing public access once again.

I was fascinated by this long mirror sloping down from the bridge over the lower footpath. The squares divide the reflection into multiple disjointed images...

and the uneven surface distorts the lines into a mess of colourful swirls.

My sister-in-law, Gill :)


  1. I adore the mirror on the bridge. Fabulous !
    The ramped earth, stone construction of the bridge is wonderful also.

    I was disappointed that the Olympic torch was only visible inside the stadium and really couldn't be seen outside. I read many people were having their photos taken at the Olympic rings. I wonder if many photos where taken here at the orbit ? I rather like it.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Honnestly this "Art" work is really ugly ! OK if the view is nice :) !

  3. I absolutely love that art work and can't wait to go to London when it reopens to go up it.
    That mirror is brilliant, I had neither seen nor heard anything about if before.
    You certainly get around Helene.

  4. This looks like such fun. Love all four parts of Gill.

  5. Lucky you, I still haven't managed to get into the park.

  6. I got some mirror pics too, it was in an inspired position. Great fun.