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British Airways First Wing

Since early 2018, the T5 Gallery has been working in collaboration with British Airways to provide artworks for the newly opened BA First Wing check-in area.

The first work to be installed is a prominent 2.8 metre tall sculpture by Richard Thornton.

The sculpture was specifically chosen as a central focal point to welcome guests as they enter, evoking feelings of soaring into the open sky.

"As a sculptor my work comes from an observation of the simplicity and elegance of the natural world. In making, I explore the confluence of engineering and sculptural form. ‘Ascent’, embodies the physical act of ‘ascending’ but also reflects the fundamental grace and flow of the concept of flight." - R Thornton

The Gallery will build further on this by introducing works by different artists into the BA First lounges over the coming months.

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

BA First Wing, Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Detail

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Red Eagle by Andy Baerselman

Detail

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

BA First Wing, Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

Detail

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

No.206 Ascent by Richard Thornton

Detail

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