Plans for slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit
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Already one of the most recognisable sights on the Newham skyline, the ArcelorMittal Orbit could soon boast a giant helter-skelter under new plans submitted to the authority running the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Adrenaline junkies can already abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture, but, if approved, will be able to slide down 80m of Sir Anish Kapoor’s iconic steel-built structure.
The plans show the spiral slide circulating the Orbit five times before a final 50m descent back down to Earth.
Built to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, its memorable appearance has made it an icon not just of the Games but of the London skyline as a whole.
Standing proud at 114.5m – 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty – the £23million giant piece of art is crafted from 2,000-tonnes of steel.
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A spokesman for the London Legacy Development Corporation, who manage the park, said: “We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and as with all our venues we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we are leading the way with the latest visitor experience.
“The addition of a slide would be an exciting and alternative way to descend from the viewing platforms, and will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.”
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