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Slipstream (sculpture)

Two views of Richard Wilson's 2014 sculpture Slipstream at London Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen's Terminal

Slipstream is a sculpture by Richard Wilson, created in 2014 for Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, London. The idea for a large art intervention in the new terminal was imagined, project-managed and curated by Mark Davy Founder of the cultural and placemaking agency Futurecity for the client, Heathrow Airport. It is currently the longest piece of permanent art and the largest privately funded sculpture in Europe.[1] The winning proposal was selected from a shortlist of five international artists.

The sculpture is over 70 metres (230 ft) long and weighs 77 tonnes (76 long tons; 85 short tons).[2] The structural engineers Price & Myers and specialist fabricators Commercial Systems International (CSI) were tasked with making the sculpture.[3]

Wilson's intention is "to transpose the thrill of the air‐show to the architectural environment of the international air terminal".[4]

Reconstruction of Terminal 2 started in 2010, and it was officially reopened on 4 June 2014.


  1. ^ Siegle, Lucy (21 September 2013). "Giant vapour trail sculpture takes shape at Heathrow". BBC News. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Twice world champion stunt pilot Paul Bonhomme recreates the tumble of Richard Wilson's Slipstream".
  3. ^ "Richard Wilson sculpture to dominate Heathrow's Terminal 2".
  4. ^ "Slipstream".