April 1 2010

ODT reporters are kepy busy with creative writing courses on slow news days in the city.

### ODT Online Thu, 1 Apr 2010
Ambitious plan to roof the Octagon
Dunedin’s Octagon is to be covered with a state-of-the-art thermoplastic roof, the same material being used at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, a secret report has revealed. A Dunedin City Council report, expected to be released at noon today, but leaked to the Otago Daily Times this week, revealed the ambitious plan which could cost the city up to $15 million.
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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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4 responses to “April 1 2010

  1. Elizabeth
    I actually thought the ODT April Fools Day item was more about the value of humour rather than a ‘creative writing courses on slow news day’. It did the trick by creating initial disbelief, before the penny dropped. The ‘not a cent more’ made me smile with its oblique reference to Malcolm Farry’s stadium claim of ‘not a cent more than $188m’.

    • Elizabeth

      It was very funny Peter :)))

      ****

      This project’s for real, snuck in via @twitter the day before…

      ### dezeen.com March 31st, 2010 at 2:55 pm
      ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor
      Artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork at Olympic Park in London, to be built as part of London’s Olympic Games in 2012. The sculpture, called ArcelorMittal Orbit, has been designed in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup.
      Here’s the press release:

      ANISH KAPOOR TO DESIGN ICONIC LANDMARK FOR OLYMPIC PARK

      The ArcelorMittal Orbit set to become UK’s largest sculpture. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, today unveiled the artist and design chosen to create a spectacular new visitor attraction in the Olympic Park.

      Award winning London-based artist Anish Kapoor has been given the commission of a lifetime to design the spectacular new public attraction in the Olympic Park. The stunning artwork, to be entitled ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit’, will ensure the Park remains an unrivalled visitor destination following the 2012 Games, providing the key Olympic legacy Mayor of London Boris Johnson envisaged for the East End.

      The breathtaking sculpture – thought to be the tallest in the UK – will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel. Standing at a gigantic 115m, it will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and offer unparalleled views of the entire 250 acres of the Olympic Park and London’s skyline from a special viewing platform. Visitors will be able to take a trip up the statuesque structure in a huge lift and will have the option of walking down the spiralling staircase.

      One of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists, Turner Prize winning Anish Kapoor studied in London, where he is now based. He is well known for his use of rich pigment and imposing, yet popular works, such as the vast, fleshy and trumpet-like Marsyas, which filled the Tate’s Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series, the giant reflecting, pod like sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park and his recent record breaking show at the Royal Academy, the most successful exhibition ever presented by a contemporary artist in London.
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  2. James

    It bears a really strong resemblance to Taupo District’s plans to roof Lake Taupo:
    http://www.taupo.govt.nz/latest_news/Council-to-build-dome-over-lake-to-achieve-A-grade-water-supply/

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