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Heathrow unveils Slipstream sculpture ahead of Terminal 2 June opening

Heathrow has unveiled Slipstream, a 78m sculpture by renowned British artist Richard Wilson, in the entrance court of Terminal 2 ahead of the terminal’s official opening on 23 June 2014.

The 77 tonne sculpture’s twisting aluminium form is inspired by the world of aviation and captures the imagined flight path of a small stunt plane. The work is supported by four structural columns and is suspended 18m above the ground as it carves through the entrance court.

The new Terminal 2 is part of the Heathrow’s on-going transformation and is a £2.5bn development by luis vidal + architects which has taken five years to complete. As well as a spacious new Covered Court connecting the main transport links to the Terminal, the building is characterised by an undulating steel framed roof which floods the building with natural light. Heathrow has invited Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to officially open her new Terminal on the 23 June.

Wilson commented “After over two years of hard work I am delighted to see Slipstream finally unveiled in Heathrow’s new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal today [23 April]. Slipstream is my largest sculpture to date and I have enjoyed the challenge of working on such a monumental scale and also working alongside such inventive engineers to realise this work. Slipstream is a metaphor for travel, it is a time-based work that responds to its location and I feel honoured that Slipstream will go on to be seen by millions of visitors travelling to and from the UK each year.”

Heathrow’s development director, John Holland-Kaye commented, “We are proud that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to officially open Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal, the latest stage in Heathrow’s £11bn transformation. The new Terminal 2 stands on the site of the previous Queen’s Building, and the official opening on 23 June recognises the long association with Her Majesty The Queen. We are also very proud that the commission for Slipstream, which will be a feature of the new terminal, was won by distinguished British artist, Richard Wilson, working with a British architectural company, Price & Meyers, and an engineering company, CSI, based in Hull, all truly representing the best of modern Britain.”







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