Friday Photo: The Orbit

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.

London 2012

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?




  1. This is my first time seeing it and can say it has a funky charm about it. πŸ™‚ Not beautiful, per se, but definitely interesting. πŸ™‚

    • Interesting to get an opinion from someone seeing it for the first time, thank you! πŸ™‚

  2. It’s a bit strange, but probably something that will grown on visitors and locals alike. I think I remember hearing that everyone in Paris thought the Eiffel Tower was an eyesore when it was first built, too. Also, couldn’t help but immediately think of the Hunger Games when you brought up the Game Makers – definitely a different group! πŸ˜‰

    • That’s true, Gina. It will be interesting to see what people make of it in 50 years’ time! Ha, yes, these games makers are a slightly less sinister group!


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