TERMINAL 2 HEATHROW AIRPORT, 2014
Slipstream is an extraordinarily ambitious sculpture that combines precision engineering with the sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane
The sculpture’s aluminium form describes the shape a stunt plane would carve through space, starting as an abstract volume before becoming recognisable at its furthermost point. Wilson’s intention is “to
transpose the thrill of the air‐show to the architectural environment of the international air terminal.”
Project curators, Futurecity, conceived the commission and Wilson has enlisted structural engineers Price & Myers and specialist fabricators Commercial Systems International (CSI).
The sculpture’s design uses cutting‐edge computer programming technology, usually employed by the aerospace industry, to accurately translate the volume of an aircraft’s movement through space.