On July 2 2012 London’s Olympic tower — the ArcelorMittal Orbit — was reclaimed as A Memorial in Exile by survivors of the Bosnian concentration camp at Omarska, now a fully-functional mine operated by ArcelorMittal. Iron ore and profits extracted from Omarksa have been used to manufacture London’s newest landmark.
Introductory remarks made by Milica Tomic at the press conference, East London Centre (64 Broadway, Stratford, E15 1NG).“We are here today because we believe that questions of humanity are at stake. Humanity is, of course, what we celebrate in the Olympics –the achievement of the human body. This is what brings us together here to London in 2012, but there are other moments when the universal concept of humanity emerges – these are tragic moments when the concept of humanity is violated, when bodies are wounded and destroyed, when atrocities amount to crimes against humanity. The concept of humanity thus contains – great beauty and radical horror. In this event we seek to bring these two facets of humanity together. When we celebrate humanity we must also remember its fragility. We come to speak to you today of the problem of Bosnia, a problem that seems far away in time and space, but we hope to show you how present it is, here on the site of the Olympics, both materially and politically. The thing that puts these sites and times together – Omarska KZ in Bosnia with the Olympic Village in London; 1992 with 2012 – is the ArcelorMittal Orbit.”