Slipstream by Richard Wilson at Heathrow Airport
Plans for a large sculpture designed by Richard Wilson, which will dominate Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2, have been unveiled.
Images credit Richard Wilson
The sculpture which is 70m (230ft) long and weighing 77 tonnes, made from 1,650 square meters of aluminium steel. It combines precision engineering with the “sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane”, and is longest permanent sculpture in Europe.
‘Imagine filling the vast void of the central court of Heathrow Terminal 2 with clay. Now imagine a stunt plane moving through this mass of clay, somersaulting, spiralling, twisting and climbing. The spinning plane would create a void to be filled with fast setting plaster. When hard, imagine the hall is excavated of all clay to leave a suspended plaster form. Imagine what this solid but fluid shape of the movement of the plane through space could look like built from, steel, wood
and aluminium!‘ -Richard Wilson
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