The orbit (Olympic park)I went to the orbit tower as my cultural landmark homework. One reason it is a cultural landmark is that it was the landmark monument of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Its full name is ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit’ and is an extremely tall sculpture which attracts millions of visitors a year. Anish Kapoor wanted to build a monument which had ”something mythic about it’ and he had found inspiration in the Eiffel tower.
Another reason it is a cultural landmark and not just a fancy helter skelter is that tickets to go up there (and see the amazing view) for a family entry could end up costing as much as £60 whilst a helter skelter mostly costs 50p to ride. The amount of money that it cost to make this cultural landmark was £19.6 million with £3.1 million coming from the government.
Finally, tourists cannot ride down on coconut-hair mats (however they can ride down on the world’s tallest and longest slide at 178m long and 76m high which hits speeds of up to 15 miles per hour)!