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A 115m tall steel loop designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor is to be built at the heart of the Olympic Park, London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced.
The £19.1 million project, complete with viewing platform, spiral staircase, lift and restaurant, will stand 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty and be sited between the showpiece Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.
Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond of Arup edged out artist Anthony Gormley and architects Caruso St John for the job - which he described as "the commission of a lifetime" - to create a new visitor landmark for the Park.
Kapoor said he was trying to reinvent the tower when he struck upon the idea of the continuous looping lattice of tubular steel that will provide views of the 250-acre Olympic Park and the London skyline.
The sculpture, thought to be the tallest in the UK, will be known as the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Businessman Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive of ArcelorMittal, is putting £16 million in to the project while the rest is coming from the London Development Agency.
The unveiling at London's City Hall also marks ArcelorMittal's announcement to become a tier two sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support the infrastructure and success of 2012.