After three years and £23m, the Olympic tower is finally open. Its creator tells Simon Usborne it's pricey – but beautiful
The UK's tallest sculpture was officially unveiled today at Stratford's Olympic Park.
Standing nearly twice as tall as the Olympic Stadium, the crazed and twisted steelwork of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is an undeniably impressive piece of engineering. Consider that it was bolted together by just three men, and its loops and spirals seem more imponderable than ever.
Rob Hastings meets the men charged with constructing the gravity-defying backdrop to next summer's Olympics
Indian-born London-based artist Anish Kapoor has unveiled a sculpture of epic proportions in Paris.
After a Christmas fire which put them out of action, the Old Vic Tunnels reopened triumphantly last week with a series of gigs by the cult New York band Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Before their energetic set, during which Skins star Nicholas Hoult led the moshing, gig-goers were entertained by acrobats, firebreathers and theatre pieces.
It's the perfect antidote to all that yuletide harmony – the <i>IoS</i> index of the year's insufferably self-satisfied
Britain is awash with large commercial buildings whose façades have been tarted up with supposedly creative gubbins because planners encourage the so-called Per Cent For Art approach. We're not talking Anish Kapoor. Nine times out of ten, that 1 per cent of building cost pays for witless "artistic" glass fins projecting from façades.
Mozart, Poulenc and Vivaldi, some early Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and Donald Fagen; I've never had a problem appreciating different genres.
After the ball is over
Just when you thought Dover Street Market, the fashion emporium created by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, couldn't get any cooler, they go and build a pop-up store at London's St Martins Lane Hotel, home to the A-list hang-out Bungalow 8. Well, 'tis the season: there are pre-Christmas pop-ups everywhere, but not many offer such a range of fashion-forward festive treats. The six storeys of the shop have been edited into a slick capsule, including CDG diffusion lines Play and Shirt, as well as the store's own new label. Open now, until 8 January. Harriet Walker
Tate Modern's gloomy new installation reflects the spirit of the times, artist says
Gallery throws open its doors to honour Anish Kapoor – and his exploding cannon
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Leading figures from the arts world criticised Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, and said he would be forced into an embarrassing climbdown over his pledge to scrap the competition for a temporary work of art to be placed on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square every 18 months.