Slipstream

Completed: 2014 Client: Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd Artist: Richard Wilson RA
Partners: CSi, Price & Myers Location: Terminal 2, Heathrow, London
Services: Art in the Public Realm, Sculpture, Transport Hub

At 70 metres long, Slipstream is one of the longest sculptures in Europe. Combining precision engineering with the sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane, Slipstream will welcome 20 million visitors per year to London via the new Terminal 2. Slipstream’s design uses cutting-edge computer programming technology, usually employed by the aerospace industry, to accurately translate the volume of an aircraft’s movement through space.

"What I wanted was the most beautiful piece of sculpture in Europe, and I think that’s what we have here with Slipstream."

John Holland-Kaye | Heathrow Development Director

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