Exhibitions & Projects

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    Slipstream by Richard Wilson at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 The Queen’s Terminal. Photographer David Levene. © LHR Airports Limited

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    Richard Wilson among component parts at CSi during a 2013 visit to view the pieces pre-transport to Heathrow ®Photographer Miyako Narita

TALK: Conception Execution Reception—Richard Wilson RA and Mark Davy, Futurecity

2 July 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm. Talk 7 – 8pm. Spaces are limited so please arrive on time.

RBS Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA

The second of three talks in the Conception Execution Reception Public Art Behind the Scenes series, Richard Wilson RA and Mark Davy, founder of Futurecity which specialises in art in the public realm and strategic cultural placemaking, present Richard Wilson’s Slipstream, commissioned for Heathrow Terminal 2.  At 70 metres in length, it 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, The Queen's Terminal. 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.

For one evening only, Wilson and Davy will describe Slipstream’s four year journey, revealing how this awe-inspiring sculpture was conceived, executed and realised.

Read the Conception Execution Reception catalogue

Download a recording of the talk (67MB)

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.