My hometown in England was less than 40 miles from the London 2012 Olympic Park. The years leading up to the Olympics I watched a big ugly piece of waste land on the outskirts of London be transformed into the awesome public space that it is today. I’d go by on the train and see all these artist oddities popping up (ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre…I’m looking at you!) and I too started questioning if it was all going to be finished in time! So imagine the disappointment when the ticket lottery started and I received a grand total of ZERO tickets for the events that I wanted to see. Just like that I thought I was going to miss out on something that people, some of who lived 1000s of miles away that managed to score tickets for! Never fear, if you miss out on tickets to the main Olympic event, there are other ways to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere!
4 years ago London was home to the 2012 Olympics. I watched the stadium being built…and then a big twisted red metal structure alongside it. What on earth was it? What was the point of something that was so big and odd looking? But now I think it’s pure genius. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was the brain child of Anish Kapoor. He also created ‘Cloud Gate’ (aka the giant reflective Bean) in Millennium Park in Chicago, USA. Originally the Orbit was just an observation tower, but 2016 saw the introduction of the world’s longest and tallest tube slide, a collaboration with scientist and artist, Carsten Holler.