Slipstream, Heathrow Terminal 2, London

Curated by Futurecity, this 78m long sculpture in the new Heathrow Terminal 2 building is based on the movement of an aerobatic stunt plane flying through the terminal's entrance space. The sculpture spans between four existing steel columns with a hidden armature structure that supports its continuously undulating plywood stress-skin surface. We undertook extensive research and development; creating from first principles a way of accurately tracing the swept motion volume of the plane, which could then be subdivided into over 32,000 unique steel, plywood and aluminium parts. 

Completed 2014.

Client
Heathrow

Artist
Richard Wilson

Fabricator
Commercial Systems International

Curator
Futurecity

Contractor
Laing O'Rourke

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