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Work has officially started on the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide

Isabelle Aron

When Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit was plonked into the Olympic Park in 2012, we're pretty sure we weren't the only ones who were disappointed to find out that although it looked like a giant helter-skelter, it wasn't one. But last year, plans emerged to right this wrong and now the sculpture is being turned into the world's longest slide. 

So far, there's been a lot of talk about the project and not much action, but now a team of specialist abseilers have started lifting pieces of the slide into place. Hooray! The 178-metre-long slide will be wrapped around the existing sculpture 12 times, and it's estimated that you'll reach speeds of 15mph on the 40-second descent. The slide is due to open this summer and tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks.

Find out more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide.


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