London: Godzilla’s Amusement Park

Anish Kapoor's "Orbit" to be built in London.

"Orbit." London's new iconic image?

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.


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30 Responses to “London: Godzilla’s Amusement Park”

  1. poliamorous Says:

    It’s akin to a mestophilic atom

  2. lewisha Says:

    Hopefully it might bring tourist to the area after the Olympics because all that london need is another athens scenario where no one visit it, so this might be money well spend if it bring tourists

  3. Pyra Says:

    What an insanely ugly yet AWESOMELY INTERESTING work of art– but what is it exactly?

    And I didn’t realize how tall the structure stood until I realize that those little dots below were people. I wonder if this tourist landmark can turn a profit.

  4. bmj2k Says:

    Where’s the giant gorilla that twisted the rollercoaster into a pretzel? That would be a cool diorama.

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  6. adiBlogger Says:

    ha! it seems as London is such a hype that nothing can destroy its image. just build what crazy architects come up with and will be starred at.
    to a certain extend such cases can be used to proof how cool a city is. i doubt that many city would come away with such crazy stuff :o)


  7. Scott Says:

    It looks like an ampersand, or maybe someone in a metal shop class twisted an old cigarette stand (not that I smoke or anything…I don’t, really).

    It would be nice to think that it might be made out of recycled military hardware – as a way of finally putting old military hardware to good use!

    • Nikki Says:

      “It would be nice to think that it might be made out of recycled military hardware” – What a wonderful idea! Sadly not likely, since Lakshmi Mittal, the man funding its large price tag, is a steel magnate.

      • fionacampbellart Says:

        Although, as you say, it would be a nicer idea to use scrap steel collected from around UK, I think ‘Orbit’ is going to be a great piece of work – upbeat, it’s certainly got movement and joy – just the thing to counteract a rather depressed British mentality! Chicago has the ‘Bean’, now we’ll have the ‘Scream’!

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  9. izziedarling Says:

    Makes me want to hurl.

  10. Nana Says:

    That does look like a melted roller coaster. i dont believe how ppl can call it art.

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  12. blackwatertown Says:

    If it has to be done, Anish Kapoor may well be the guy. His work makes me laugh with delight, and other people jump though perhaps that’s inappropriate when we’re talking about this latest plan. His recent exhibition at the Royal Academy in London was great. He does not shy away from spectacle.

  13. scripturesnapshots Says:

    An exhibition of epic proportions…….

  14. James Says:

    This is absolutely horrendous. As an architecture student I do not see any merit or beauty in this structure at all. I would have preferred the alternative proposal with all the bubbles, that would have been a lot more interesting!

  15. prajahan Says:

    nice architecture, admit!


  16. Lakia Says:

    lol it does look like a roller coaster melted

  17. concasseur~ Says:

    bonne poisson d’avril~

  18. stocktoc Says:

    Bahaha! It is kind of silly!

  19. urbisaereperennius Says:

    As I saw pointed out another blog, this isn’t that original of a design, but looks like something done by 1920s constructivist Vladimir Tatlin. I don’t believe it’s hideous without redemption, but it’s not exactly breathtaking. Scale it down and from the immense height being proposed, and would you really think it’s that great?

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  21. GP View Says:

    I think it is fantastic!
    Wonderful, bizarre, modern, old, with a twist …
    I hope it gets built.

  22. Irene Says:

    I’m still amazed that the Olympics are going to be held in that fine city. Where are you going to put everyone!!!???

    Yeah, I’d go see it! Just to say “Yeah, I saw it”.

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