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ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor

  • 01:00 - 30 July, 2012
ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor
ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor, Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

© Gautier Deblonde © Gautier Deblonde © Gautier Deblonde © Gautier Deblonde +26

From the architect. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the first public artwork by Anish Kapoor to be lit. Arup’s lighting team has worked closely with Kapoor and Cecil Balmond to create a lighting scheme that will highlight the sculpture’s complex geometric form.

© Gautier Deblonde
© Gautier Deblonde

The feature lighting scheme encourages visitors into the Park and the ArcelorMittal Orbit by creating a "must see" element to the sculpture at night. The scheme will play an integral part in the lighting and atmosphere of the Olympic Games with the sculpture lit up in a variety of modes for different events and times of day. Beyond The Games, visitors will also experience the metaphor of an orbit after dark; using light to unravel the sculpture’s convoluted form and to grasp its dynamic shape. Arup Lighting Director Florence Lam refers to their approach as using "dark light".

© Gautier Deblonde
© Gautier Deblonde

Sustainability has been a critical factor in Arup’s thinking. Arup Lighting's choice of saturated red LED (light emitting diode) lighting accentuates the bespoke red specified by Kapoor for the sculpture.  The lighting scheme achieves maximum theatrical visual impact yet consumes less energy than white light. LEDs emit zero UV light, which would otherwise disturb wild-life in the vicinity, for example, moths and bats.

© Gautier Deblonde
© Gautier Deblonde

Arup's lighting designers, structural engineers and the architects collaborated closely to ensure that the light projectors are all discreetly located within the structure and carefully focused and aimed to minimise light spill onto the ecologically sensitive area of the river corridor and limit sky glow.

Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Sophisticated lighting software, RADIANCE, was employed to analyse and predict the lighting distribution over the sculpture and its surroundings to ensure full compliance with the ODA lighting strategy.

Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Arup’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineers worked with the firm’s lighting designers to integrate all services in a way that has ensured that all cables and wirings are invisible.

Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

The result is a cohesive, energy efficient and aesthetically attuned lighting project demonstrating how artists and engineers can collaborate creatively and effectively on major, and challenging artworks in public spaces. 

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34 Comments

diplomattitude · August 06, 2012

@carney agree. #anishkapoor has done better. But some folks
Iike it: http://t.co/po3aZG4o

Peter Thierfeldt · August 06, 2012

ArchDaily chooses the ArcelorMittal Orbit as one of the best projects of the week! Read on to learn about the... http://t.co/3KSPwBWv

Balmond Studio · August 06, 2012

ArchDaily chooses the ArcelorMittal Orbit as one of the best projects of the week! Read on to learn about the... http://t.co/3KSPwBWv

CAPUY · August 03, 2012

&#39ArcelorMittal Orbit&#39 una escultura geométrica compleja iluminada en Londres http://t.co/nqp03ptM #Diseño #Aqruitectura

ArcelorMittal Orbit · August 01, 2012

Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/E6Cfbik8

Roger Lawrie · August 01, 2012

Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/E6Cfbik8

Andrew Duncan · August 01, 2012

Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/E6Cfbik8

TARGETjobs Engineer · August 01, 2012

Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/E6Cfbik8

Rob Anderson · August 01, 2012

@ArchitainmentUK RT @ArupGroup: Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/916XJI1M

Barnshaws · August 01, 2012

Worth having a look! RT:Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside & views from the top http://t.co/ZUp9o802 @ArupGroup

Arup · August 01, 2012

Great photos of @AMOrbit at the Olympic Park, including inside and views from the top http://t.co/E6Cfbik8

Hugo Gutierrez · July 31, 2012

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond | ArchDaily http://t.co/bpfswwnC vía @archdaily

Jeff Shaw · July 31, 2012

Nice piece about our work lighting the ArcelorMittal Orbit, well done Florence and Imke! http://t.co/PItoUH6p via @archdaily

Maria Ganarini · July 31, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond http://t.co/8wvzuTrU #architecture

Zhiguo Chen · July 31, 2012

it was an aweful "design", if i still have to call it a design, by an artist and structure engineer; both of them i do like very much. why didn't they hire an architect?!

Arfon Davies · July 31, 2012

Nice piece about our work lighting the ArcelorMittal Orbit, well done Florence and Imke! http://t.co/PItoUH6p via @archdaily

Horrse · July 31, 2012

Disgusting. Purely trying to create a name for 'architecture'

Biljana Hristomanova · July 31, 2012

:(

jijingzheng · July 31, 2012

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor &amp; Cecil Balmond http://t.co/QzlaIA6r

bLogHouse · July 31, 2012

as previously said by someone: " a roller coaster raping a crane".. or vice versa.

Lao Y · July 31, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond http://t.co/PVJl4yjL #architecture

Franck Hashas · July 31, 2012

#gerbe #ArcelorMittal #fondation #mecenat #morality ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond http://t.co/xcxk0tzH #architecture

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Vertex Modelling · July 31, 2012

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Santi Maggio Savasta · July 30, 2012

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond http://t.co/5VkcepJX #Architecture #Architettura

tromba · July 30, 2012

it's awful!!!

Asyrakhul Imro N · July 30, 2012

Gara2 liat ini http://t.co/3olUpD1k jadi iseng buka Google Earth kota London dan ga sadar lg pake kaos London. :)

toño aceves · July 30, 2012

#DailyArchitecture #InteriorDesign http://t.co/wlNvCajN

Catalin Zafiu · July 30, 2012

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Curves 'Graph · July 30, 2012

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond | ArchDaily http://t.co/WcWZGRjn via @archdaily

Michael · July 30, 2012

Simply an overdone commission by a Steel Magnate who cares about his company's name being the focus for the public experience at the games

Mario Matamoros · July 30, 2012

HORRENDOUS... and creepy of course.

syarifa hasan · July 30, 2012

creepy

baratapas · July 30, 2012

:(

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Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

阿赛洛米塔尔轨道 / Anish Kapoor