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Olympic Park’s Orbit to turn gold if England win World Cup

PUBLISHED: 11:12 11 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:00 11 June 2014

An artist's impression of the golden orbit

An artist's impression of the golden orbit

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You might think England will never win the world cup, well now you might not want them to.

The Orbit will be transformed into a tower of gold The Orbit will be transformed into a tower of gold

If our boys in white walk away with the trophy this year in Brazil, the bosses behind the ArcelorMIttal Orbit have promised to turn all 114.5m of the UK’s tallest sculpture from red to gold.

Quite how and at what cost remains a mystery at present, but the artist’s impression above gives some indication of what it might look like if football finally does come home – and it’s not a pretty sight.

The “helter-skelter”, as it is popularly known, divided opinion when built but it’s twisted features have been gradually warmed to by visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Orbit’s deep red colour was chosen by designer Sir Anisk Kapoor as it signifies luck in some eastern cultures.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit as it looks now. Picture by David Poultney for the LLDC The ArcelorMittal Orbit as it looks now. Picture by David Poultney for the LLDC

The idea of turning it gold stems from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where gold medal winners were unofficially rewarded with golden post boxes.

The football World Cup kicks off tomorrow, with England playing their first match – against opponents Itay – on Sunday at 11pm.

The Orbit’s own EastTwenty Bar & Kitchen, at its base, will screen every England match.

See our Parklife section for the latest news from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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