A tower of strength 中流砥柱

更新時間 2012年 9月 7日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間07:28
Australia's Russell Short stands silhouetted against the sun during the Men's shot put final at the Olympic Stadium.

Australian Paralympic athlete Russell Short stands silhouetted against the sun during the men's shot put final at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth


Built adjacent to the Olympic Stadium is the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 115m sculpture and observation tower. Created specifically for the London 2012 Olympics, it is Britain's largest piece of public art. It was designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond and part-funded by the steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal. Kapoor was inspired to design a tower that had a spiral, coiling form and was influenced by the painting, 'The Tower of Babel' by the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

同奧林匹克體育館毗鄰的阿塞洛-米塔爾瞭望塔是一座高 115米,看上去瘋狂扭曲的巨型雕塑。是專門為 2012 年倫敦奧運會設計的, 也是英國大型的公共藝術作品。由建築師 Anish Kapoor,Cecil Balmond 設計建造,由鋼鐵大亨 Lakshmi Mittal 提供部分贊助。這座螺旋形扭曲高塔的設計者是從佛蘭德斯藝術家 Pieter Bruegel the Elder 的著名繪畫「巴別塔」得到靈感的。


在英語裏 a tower of strength 用來形容一個非常可以信賴的人,一個支柱般的人,一個中流砥柱。同義短語是 a pillar of strength.


After losing my job, Stefan was a tower of strength and encouraged me to start looking for new employment.

Jane was a real tower of strength for the family following their devastating news.

David is always a tower of strength when things turn horrible at work.


形容某人脫離實際,孤芳自賞就是 to be in an ivory tower 身在象牙塔裏。

Our local politician seems to live in an ivory tower – he doesn't know what it's really like to live in this area.

If you didn't spend so much time in your ivory tower, you'd know what people really think.


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