Heathrow Gets New Richard Wilson Sculpture

By M@ Last edited 49 months ago
Heathrow Gets New Richard Wilson Sculpture
Sketch showing the stunt plane inspiration behind the sculpture.
Sketch showing the stunt plane inspiration behind the sculpture.

One of London's largest sculptures has just been installed at Heathrow Airport. Slipstream by Richard Wilson adorns the rebuilt Terminal 2 building, due to open in June.

The sculpture is 80 metres long, weighs 77 tonnes and is said to be the largest privately funded sculpture in Europe. The work represents the movements of a stunt plane, captured in time and space and aluminium. We think it looks bloody impressive from the images, which is just as well given that Heathrow paid £2.5 million for it.

This isn't the first Richard Wilson mega-sculpture to grace London. His Slice of Reality installation at the tip of Greenwich Peninsula is, quite simply, a slice of ship. His huge tank of oil in the Saatchi Gallery, known as 20:50, is that gallery's only permanent exhibit.

All images copyright and courtesy of Heathrow Airport.

Last Updated 24 April 2014


I don't believe it!


I have seen this close up (at a T2 trail) and though the shapes are interesting it is just so bland being silver in a predominantly silver and white building. Sadly it needs a LOT of colour to stand out. As it is I was very much not impressed. The whole terminal is an unforgettable silver and white affair.


"Stunt plane"? That looks like a Spitfire to me.

Jeff Sofroniou

Clearly more money than sense! How the hell can you justify £2.5 million pounds on a so called 'sculpture'?