TQ3784 : City Mill River and ArcelorMittal Orbit

taken 3 years ago, near to Stratford, Newham, Great Britain

City Mill River and ArcelorMittal Orbit
City Mill River and ArcelorMittal Orbit
City Mill River is part of the Bow Back Rivers in London, England. It formerly fed City Mill, used for the production of chemicals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the 1930s, the mill was removed and the river was isolated from the tides by the construction of locks at both ends.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit* (often referred to as the Orbit Tower) is a 376 feet-tall sculpture and observation tower designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. It is Britain's largest piece of public art (LinkExternal link The Guardian) and was intended as permanent lasting legacy of London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, assisting in the post-Olympics regeneration of the Stratford area. Situated in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.

The Orbit closed after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while the South Plaza area of the Park underwent reconstruction for its long-term legacy use as a public outdoor space. It re-opened to the public on 5 April 2014. The structure has been modified to incorporate the world's tallest and longest (178 metres) tunnel slide intended as a way to attract more visitors to the tower. The slide was completed in June 2016.

*The name "ArcelorMittal Orbit" combines the name of Mittal's company, as chief sponsor, with "Orbit", the original working title for Kapoor and Balmond's design.

LinkExternal link ArcelorMittal Orbit.com
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The park was built as part of the venue for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was further developed over a number of years after the games.

Three significant buildings used during the games can be found in the park, including the Olympic stadium, Aquatics Centre, and Velodrome, as well as The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture.

The River Lea also runs through the site.

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Date Taken
Monday, 31 October, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  People, Events 
River (from Tags)
River Lea/Lee 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 379 840 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.2834N 0:0.7564W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 378 837
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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