London | Heathrow
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.