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Friday, April 02, 2010

"New York's got the Statue of Liberty; London's going to get ..."

the shaft? Check out this absolutely hideous structure that is going to be built in London for the 2012 Olympics. Called the ArcelorMittel Orbit and standing at 115 meters tall, it will be a permanent fixture of the London skyline after the games end.

London's mayor Boris Johnson is beaming with pride:
''Long after the Games are over, our aim is to have a stunning spectacle in east London that will be recognised around the world," Mr Johnson said.

"[Artist] Anish Kapoor's inspired art work will truly encapsulate the energy and spirit of London during the Games and, as such, will become the perfect iconic cultural legacy."

Stunning spectacle is right. I know that the Eiffel Tower had its critics when it was built, but come on - this thing is ridiculous. Under no stretch of the imagination can it be considered beautiful - in fact it is deliberately, in-your-face ugly. It's only redeeming feature is the gravity-defying engineering that is going to be needed to keep it upright. When I look at it, I'm reminded of a scale model of someone's small intestine, or maybe two earthworms fucking. Or maybe the sad decline of Britain as a cultural power. In the crypt under St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren is spinning like a top.

(HT: Towleroad)

1 comment:

Patsplace said...

Yep, it is indeed ugly. I guess when you lose your mind, all reality becomes strange.