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Into Orbit: A Culture Show Special

In this one-off special, The Culture Show goes behind the scenes to follow Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond's Orbit sculpture from commission to completion.

Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond's Orbit sculpture is the most spectacular artistic creation of 2012 - a gravity-defying, breathtakingly dynamic scribble of crimson steel. Standing twice the height of Nelson's Column, it now towers over the Olympic Park, and has already inspired strong reactions. It is the biggest piece of public sculpture this country has ever seen - a bold statement of artistic ambition and a giant engineering challenge.

In this one-off special, The Culture Show goes behind the scenes to follow it from commission to completion, and discovers just how difficult it is to build a tower for the 21st century.

Featuring interviews with Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal along with exclusive access to Kapoor and Balmond as they strive to realise their vision in the face of some Olympian challenges.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Director Clare Tavernor
Director Clare Tavernor
Participant Boris Johnson
Participant Boris Johnson

Broadcasts

  • Sat 16 Jun 2012 20:00
  • Sat 16 Jun 2012 21:00
  • Sun 17 Jun 2012 00:15
  • Wed 25 Jul 2012 02:40

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