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New London symbol, NRI made

It will be taller than the Statue of Liberty and, with 1,400 tons of steel packing its gigantic twisted frame of deep red, it is already being touted as London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower — the French monument.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2010 01:37 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar

It will be taller than the Statue of Liberty and, with 1,400 tons of steel packing its gigantic twisted frame of deep red, it is already being touted as London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower — the French monument.

Built by the sculptor Mumbai-born Anish Kapoor and funded by steel tycoon Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, the sculpture will stand at the 2012 Olympic Park in London as UK’s largest piece of public art. It will be completed by November 2011. ArcelorMittal Orbit

At the moment, it is called the — after the steel company that Mittal heads — but no one expects the name to stick, although the Indian-born tycoon is forking out £16 million out of the overall expected costs of £19 mn.