It would be fair to say, that so far, and with only three days left, the London 2012 Olympics has been a runaway success. The country has been gripped by an incredible shared spirit, Team GB are doing fantastically, and the Games Makers – well, they really have made the games.
But one thing has caused a great deal of controversy: The Orbit. This towering sculpture, meant to be an answer to the Eiffel Tower, resembles a sort of tangled helter-skelter.
Like any work of modern art, there are those who sing its praises, talking about the ‘concept’ and ‘design’. Then there are those who decry it, seeing nothing more than a knotted mess of metal. It is certainly a conversation starter.
My own opinion of it changes like the wind. At first I thought it was beyond ugly and wondered how it had ever been commissioned. But then, seeing it close up and lit up on TV, it took on a kind of cohesion and brusque elegance that made sense. But it seems to look different from every angle and in every light. It reminds me of an ageing supermodel – under the right light and from its ‘good side’, it has a certain ethereal beauty, but strip away the artistry and it’s a bit of a mess.
What do you think about the Orbit? Do you love it or hate it?