Arts, Design

Richard Wilson's Giant New Sculpture

"I remember when I was a wee lad my when my dad used to take me to the Natural History Museum to go and look at the whales. I was always so fascinated by those big elevated bodies. I guess that's where my appreciation comes from. Elevated objects just always have that wow factor, so I guess Slipstream is my whale."

Arts, Design

Richard Wilson's Giant New Sculpture

Less refurbishment, more reinvention, Heathrow's newest addition The Queens Terminal is a destination in itself. The centre of the terminal is home to Slipstream, the latest brainchild of British installation artist Richard Wilson. With 80 metres in length and a 77t weight, it's the longest piece of public art in the country. The shiny sculpture, inspired by a Spitfire Zivko Edge 540, was manufactured in Hull out of aluminium sheets riveted onto a plywood frame and smuggled over the runway by night in 23 chunks.