Mittal Orbit opening

April 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Official public opening of the Mittal Orbit attraction at the Olympic Park in Stratford. 

Operators CGS unveiled the landmark sculpture with a colourful parade by children from local schools.

The children assembled beneath the tower and rehearsed their moves complete with decorative banners and a coordinated march.  I was there as a second shooter to my friend Andrew Baker, and our job was to capture the atmosphere for the organisers.

The children had made their own banners and head gear

A squad of drummers led the front of the march around the tower and past the Olympic Stadium

The tallest sculpture in the UK, the Mittal Orbit overlooks the Olympic Stadium in East London's Olympic Park, and from its observation platform offers incredible views across the city.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 AprArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 Apr© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/04/2014. Acrobats perform 80 metres above East London to celebrate the official public opening of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Photo credit : David Fearn/LNP
Acrobats descend from the platform in dancing formation and with a shower of confetti
Onlookers enjoy the acrobatic performances from the ground
ArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 AprArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 Apr© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/04/2014. Acrobats perform 80 metres above East London to celebrate the official public opening of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Photo credit : David Fearn/LNP
ArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 AprArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 Apr© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/04/2014. Acrobats perform 80 metres above East London to celebrate the official public opening of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Photo credit : David Fearn/LNP

Following the display the children were invited to be the first public guests at the top of the Orbit tower, where they witnessed spectacular  views across London.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 AprArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 Apr© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/04/2014. Workmen precariously dangle 80 metres above East London as they prepare rigging for performing acrobats as part of the opening celebrations of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Photo credit : David Fearn/LNP

Riggers dangle 80 metres over London as they dismantle the equipment needed for the acrobatic show

ArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 AprArcelorMittal Orbit Olympic Park Opening 05 Apr© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/04/2014. Workmen precariously dangle 80 metres above East London as they prepare rigging for performing acrobats as part of the opening celebrations of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. Photo credit : David Fearn/LNP

The Mittal Orbit is now open to the public as a visitor attraction.  More info here.

 


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