I know people said the same thing about the Eiffel Tower back in the day, but what the hell?!
The thing looks like a partially-melted roller coaster, which I guess sort of fits with the random gigantic ferris wheel London already has.
Anish Kapoor’s “Orbit” sculpture will stand 120 meters (about 131 yards) high in the midst of London’s 2012 Olympic venues. It’s part of an effort to avoid an Athens 2004 situation, where many of the Olympic venues are basically just sitting around without a whole lot of use for them. The sculpture is supposed to help turn the area into a major tourist attraction once the Olympics are over.
My guess is that people will come from all over the world to stare and say, “Damn that’s ugly!” In which case it would in fact serve its purpose brilliantly.
While the city is at it, Londoners could also transform the clock in Big Ben into something that looks like it stepped out of Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. Combine that and “Orbit” with the London Eye, and the city’s new tourism slogan could be, “London: Godzilla’s amusement park.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d gladly pay to see that.