Anish Kapoor Towers Over London
Betsy Mead

It’s been a busy year for Indo-British artist Anish Kapoor. This year alone, the sculptor, recognized for his unique use of form, structure, and pigmentation, exhibited at Frieze New York, held a solo show at both locations of Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, and recently completed the official Olympic Tower for the London 2012 Games, designed with architect Cecil Balmond.

The tower, called the ArcelorMittal Orbit, is designed to evoke the five rings of the Olympics with its gigantic crimson loops of steel. When the Games commence in July, the structure will tower above millions of visitors to the Olympic Park and welcome seven hundred people per hour to its observation deck. The 115-meter monument (22 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty) is Britain’s largest piece of public art. It takes its name from the steel company ArcelorMittal, which fronted much of the project’s $35.5 million cost.