| By Simon Betteridge
Perhaps The World Economic Forum meetings held annually in Davos, Switzerland, could commission artists to run sculpture workshops alongside every session. In what is already a kind of international buddy system for distinguished business, political, academic and well-meaning showbiz types it appears that art still springs forth from the most unlikely of places. A Davos toilet no less. Apparently Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, had a conversation with the steel magnate Lakshmi Niwas Mittal when they bumped into each other in the bathroom where Boris convinced him to fund the construction of a piece of 'public art' at the site of the London Olympics, so Mittal agreed to supply the steel. The result is a 115 metre-high bright red twisting steel tower with an observation platform at the top, designed by the sculptor, Anish Kapoor, brought to life as a building by engineer Cecil Balmond, and the architect Kathryn Findlay and her practice Ushida...
Findlay. The tower is officially named the ArcelorMittal Orbit after the steel company spent 20 million of the almost 23 million pound total cost, a memorable trip to the bathroom.