The centrepiece of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2, the future home of Star Alliance, was revealed today. Named 'Slipstream,' the giant sculpture, estimated to be the size of an Airbus A380 and weighing 77 tons, will be suspended from four roof support columns and will be made from 1,650 square meters of aluminium steel. According to DesignBoom.com, "it takes its form from the Zivko Edge 540 flown by world champion air racer Paul Bonhomme."
The original Terminal 2 was demolished in 2009 and the shiny new terminal is expected to open in 2013 (already delayed from its original 2012 date).
'Slipstream' has been designed by sculptor Richard Wilson. Describing the sculpture, Wilson said: “imagine filling the vast void of the central court of Heathrow Terminal 2 with clay. Now imagine a stunt plane moving through this mass of clay, somersaulting, spiralling, twisting and climbing. The spinning plane would create a void to be filled with fast setting plaster. When hard, imagine the hall is excavated of all clay to leave a suspended plaster form. Imagine what this solid but fluid shape of the movement of the plane through space could look like built from, steel, wood and aluminium.”