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The Olympic Tower in London is…Interesting?

There are a lot of memories from past Olympic games that countries can and will be proud of and spotlight to tourists when they visit either during or after the games. The 2008 games in Beijing, China have their large Bird’s Nest structure, the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia still stands, just to name a few. Newest on that list is London’s idea of a observation tower.

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Standing at 377 feet tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit (weirdo Europeans and their goofy names) is supposed to be an observation tower and piece of art to remain in London for generations to come. We can all be honest and call it what it is, though. It is a roller coaster. Granted, it looks like a pretty awesome roller coaster, but it could not look more like a close quarter ride at Cedar Point than it does in that photograph.

Or this one.

Maybe it is an example of modern art (it isn’t) that people really enjoy (they don’t), but the simple elegance of large, unique stadiums representing cities for the worldwide Olympic games is now replaced with whatever this is?

The project cost more than 19 million pounds to build and because we’re not very good at math, we’ll just sum it up by saying that is a crap load of money for whatever that thing is. It now holds the distinction of being the largest piece of public art in Britain, which is something all Londoners and England residents can be proud of (they shouldn’t).

It is all OK, though, because after these Olympic Games, the use of this absurd looking 377 foot tall structure will surely hold its relevance and use for visitors and natives alike. After all, who wouldn’t want to climb a tower and look at an abandoned Olympic Village.

What do you think readers? Good idea, bad idea or should we reserve judgement to see it during the games? Let us know below!

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