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Orbit to close for eighteen months

by Simon Harris, Olympic Correspondent

The giant sculpture towering over London's Olympic park will remain closed to the public for eighteen months after the games.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson as a work of art and viewing platform.

It is expected to attract five thousand visitors a day when it opens on July 28th - the day after the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

But the 2,000-tonne structure will close at the end of the Parlaympics.

The post-games redevelopment of the Olympic Park means the Orbit will not re-open until Easter 2014.

The view from the top of the Orbit

by Sally Williams
The view from the top of the Orbit Credit: ITN

The view from the top of the Orbit.

Today press have been invited to come and see the view from what is said to be the UK's tallest structure.

Set next to the stadium it boasts views across the whole of london and beyond... And it's not a bad spot to watch the 100 metres from! Entry during the games will be by ticket only.

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