A gigantic 70 metre-long sculpture weighing nearly 80 tonnes will become the first permanent resident of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 this month – a year before its official opening.
‘Slipstream’, which will be one of the longest permanent sculptures in Europe, is described by its creator Richard Wilson as a “flowing, twisting aluminium form” that is based on the imagined flight path of a Zivko Edge 540 stunt plane.Internationally renowned British artist Wilson, claims that it will carve through the open space of Terminal 2’s central courtyard as a stunt plane might, leaving behind a solid trail in its spiralling trajectory.It was the artist’s intention “to transpose the thrill of the air-show to the architectural environment of the international air terminal.”John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s development director, described Slipstream as “An iconic piece of art that will bring to life the glamour and excitement of air travel, at the heart of an exciting new terminal at Heathrow.According to Heathrow, the sculpture will be a striking focal point for the airport’s new building, suspended up to 20 meters above the ground, twisting amongst the atrium’s columns and between two passenger walkways.It will be seen by 20 million visitors per year.Wilson says: “Slipstream is rooted in its location. This work is a metaphor for travel, it is a time-based work. “Art that moves in time and space coming from the past to the current; different experiences at either end. Sensations of velocity, acceleration and deceleration follow us at every undulation of the form.” Source: airportworld, Joe Bates
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