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By October 26, 2009News

gormleyAs part of the mighty 2012 Olympic Park, Boris has commissioned a giant £15m piece of artwork as a monument to London’s hosting of the Games.

Funded by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, the £15m structure will be in place for the opening of the 2012 Olympics.  The winning artist should be announced within a fortnight and it is believed that the former Turner prize winner Anish Kapoor and “big sculpture guru” Antony Gormley are amongst five artists being considered by a panel.

A spokeswoman said: “The Mayor is keen to see stunning, ambitious, world class art in the Olympic Park and has been working with the Olympic Delivery Agency (ODA) over many months to explore a series of commissioning projects. The Mayor is also in touch with prominent figures in the art establishment and philanthropists about taking these forward and getting private backing. This work is at an early stage and details will be announced when the projects are confirmed.”

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