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.

the artist

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson has always been fascinated by the relationship between space and perception. He challenges the way we see our surroundings and negotiate our environment, pondering on how things are constructed in order to find innovative ways to expand, reduce, crush, balance, build or suspend them.

"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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