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Landmark sculptures launched at Gatwick

Landmark sculptures launched at Gatwick
22 Aug 2014

A pair of new sculptures have just been revealed at Gatwick Airport, showing the Chrysler Building in New York and Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Created by the artist Zeus, each is some two metres high and has been crafted in sand. The idea is that they symbolise the fact that it's possible to get to the homes of these landmarks via Gatwick.

The move marks new Emirates and Norwegian services from Gatwick to Dubai and New York City respectively.

The art will be in place at Gatwick for two months, and it's predicted that some 7.5 million passengers will be using Gatwick in that time.

The airport is expecting some 425,000 passengers to travel through it this bank holiday weekend.

Gatwick serves more destinations that any of the other airports in the UK, a total of over 200.

The new art comes after 12 works by Sir Peter Blake were put in place at Gatwick in 2012. In 2013, a piece called The People's Monarch was put in place. As big as a bus, this shows Queen Elizabeth II but is made of a range of thousands of pictures of people who live in England's south east.

"This latest addition to the airport’s collection of artwork, creatively brings to life that Gatwick is now a world-class airport, serving over 200 destinations across the globe for both leisure and business travellers," commented head of retail at Gatwick Spencer Sheen, on the new sand sculptures.

The artist behind the pieces, Zeus, has expressed delight that they will be on show at the airport.

"The inspiration for [them] was taken from two of the flagship cities Gatwick flies to – New York and Dubai," the creator explained.

"Airports are symbols of modern metropolises like London, so what better place to display the works where millions of passengers can see them."ADNFCR-408-ID-801744085-ADNFCR

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