Exhibitions & Projects

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    Slipstream by Richard Wilson at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 The Queen’s Terminal, 2014. Photographer David Levene

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    'Vannpaviljong' by William Pye FRBS at Stromso Square, Drammen, 2011.

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    Nose to Nose, Beginning to End by Richard Deacon RA for the Glasgow Garden Festival 1988

Conception Execution Reception

5 June 2014 - 25 July 2014
Wednesday to Friday 12:30–5:30pm (or by appointment)

RBS Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA

PRIVATE VIEW: 4 June 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM

For the first time in one place, the Royal British Society of Sculptors unites three of the most eminent British sculptors: Richard Deacon RA, William Pye FRBS and Richard Wilson RA, to provide a rare and fascinating glimpse into the Conception Execution and Reception of three major public art commissions through a series of artists’ talks and displays.

Mark Davy, founder of Futurecity, specialising in art in the public realm and strategic cultural placemaking, presents Richard Wilson’s Slipstream, 2014 for Heathrow's new Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal. At 70 metres long, Slipstream is one of the longest sculptures in Europe. Combining precision engineering with the sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane, Slipstream will welcome 20 million visitors per year to London via the new Luis Vidal designed Terminal 2. Slipstream’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.

William Pye FRBS, renowned for his use of water in large scale public art projects presents Vannpaviljong a highly interactive work in Norway, incorporating rollwaving water over mirror polished stainless steel walls.

Isabel Vasseur, pioneer of the Public Art movement of 1980s, presents Richard Deacon’s Nose to Nose, Beginning to End a sculpture placed on a 40ft plinth for the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. 

Talk series: Doors open at 6:30pm Talks: 7–8pm

Wednesday 18 June – Sculptor William Pye FRBS

Wednesday 2 July – Sculptor Richard Wilson RA and Mark Davy

Wednesday 16 July – Sculptor Richard Deacon RA and Isabel Vasseur 

Read the Conception Execution Reception catalogue

The RBS would like to acknowledge the FIRST@108 Public Art Award for its generous support and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for its contribution to the catalogue.