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Watch the Olympic Orbit come to life

London Spy

The 115m-tall spiralling Olympic tower designed by award-winning artist Anish Kapoor has been completed and you can see how it came to life with the time lapse video below.

The structure, named the ArcelorMittal Orbit, cost £22.7m and is located in between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.

For naming rights reasons, the tower, which features the five-Olympic rings in a steel lattice, will be known as simply the Orbit during the London 2012 Games.

It's the tallest sculpture in the UK and stands 22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty.

The cost of the tower increased from £19.6m to £22.7m with ArcelorMittal covering £19.6m, with the remaining £3.1m being funded by London Development Agency.

The visitor attraction will be run by the OPLC at the conclusion of the Games and Locog will benefit from the sale of tickets to visit the viewing platform of the tower.

The tower will officially open during the Olympic Games, when a trip to the viewing platform for visitors to the park will cost £15.

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