A 20ft tall replica of the Statue of Liberty made from lipstick has been unveiled as the latest passenger attraction at London Heathrow Terminal 5 (T5). The ‘Statue of Liperty’ was created to celebrate the launch of the airport’s first International Lipstick Colors of the Year report, showcasing the most en vogue lipstick shades in 50 destinations around the world.
Sculpted using classic red lipstick currently in fashion in New York, the statue stands on a base resembling a giant lipstick casing and will be on display in T5 for the next month. In total, it took a team of sculptors, engineers and makeup artists over 240 hours to create.
Jonathan Coen, retail director at London Heathrow, said, “As the UK’s hub airport, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of international beauty, with over 120 brands, 12,500 beauty products and 1,451 lipsticks under our roof. We launched the International Lipstick Colours of the Year report to reveal the lipstick looks that people are wearing across the world, right now, and the trends that are driving them. We’re looking forward to seeing travelers’ reactions to our giant Statue of Liperty – it’s an amazing month-long addition to Heathrow.”
As part of the showcase, Heathrow has also commissioned a range of regular-sized lipsticks which have iconic attractions meticulously hand-carved into them by one of the world’s leading micro-sculptors, Hedley Wiggan.
The diminutive lipstick landmarks were created with nothing more than a magnifying glass, carving knife and remarkably steady hands. The carvings are based on London’s Big Ben, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Shanghai’s eponymous Tower.