Art at the airport
You told us that you'd like more life and soul in your airport experience. In response, we've embarked on a series of art installations promoting Britain and British artists.
Urban sand sculptures
We are exhibiting two exciting urban sand sculptures by renowned London artist, Zeus. The sculptures have been commissioned to celebrate Norwegian services to New York and Emirates' A380 flights to Dubai.
Depicting the iconic New York Chrysler Building and Dubai's Burj Al Arab, both sculptures stand at over two metres high. Built painstakingly out of wood, sand and cement, the sculptures show incredible detail for each of the buildings.
About the artist
Dean Zeus Coleman, whose middle name became his tag, is renowned for his graffiti and urban art. He worked across London in the 1980s, catching the attention of hip hop figure Tim Westwood who commissioned him to create designs. Zeus went on to work with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, creating backdrops and posters for artists signed to the Def Jam label. He has also worked on many community projects throughout London teaching graffiti techniques to young offenders and teenagers.
Zeus studied a degree in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture, at Chelsea College of Art. He then took his art into three-dimensional form, creating graffiti sculptures. His work has appeared across the UK and internationally.
Sir Peter Blake
We commissioned Sir Peter Blake to create a walk-through gallery of London-inspired artwork that offers a warm welcome to the capital and reminds people of what is great about Britain.
The ‘London’ collection, is made up of 12 pieces of art and is installed in both our North and South terminals. the collection depicts the city through the ages, including iconic buildings and locations and captures both the cosmopolitan and multicultural spirit of London.
The People's Monarch
The People’s Monarch’, commissioned by BBC South East and created by British artist Helen Marshall, depicts the Queen at the time of her coronation and at her Diamond Jubilee. Viewers of BBC South East Today and listeners of BBC Radio Kent, Sussex and Surrey were asked to send in photographs of themselves, friends and relatives, which were then used to create the unique mosaic to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year. The artwork is created with 5,500 pictures of people from Sussex, Kent and Surrey and you can see it when you arrive at our South Terminal.