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And in the end, the love you take Is equal to the love you make ‘The End’

Lennon/McCartney

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The Orbit was designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. They called it ‘Orbit’ to symbolise a continuous journey, a creative representation of the ‘extraordinary physical and emotional effort’ that Olympians undertake in their continuous drive to do better.

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Sir Paul McCartney

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit sits between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, and allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms. It is intended to be a permanent lasting legacy of London’s hosting of the 2012 Games.

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115m

the height of the Orbit (377ft high), making it Britain’s largest piece of public art.

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AND IN THE END…

Our revels now are ended.
These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest, William Shakespeare
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Lighting the Cauldron

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A modern riddle…

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Alex Trimble

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Cauldron designer, Thomas Heatherwick’s work includes the internationally renowned Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2012, the Rolling Bridge in Paddington and London’s new red double-decker bus.

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A 1,000-year-old riddle…

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