Tourists arriving at Heathrow are encountering life-size sculptures of UK athletes Tom Daley and Jason Gardener as the airport gets into the mood for the London 2012 Olympics.
The creations, part of the Sculpture and Sport: A Celebration For 2012 exhibition running until the end of next month to mark the Games, will be on show in terminal 5 departures at the hub.
Paul Day, John Buckley, Hamish Black, Judy Boyt, Steve Dilworth, Jilly Sutton, Alan Dun and Suzie Zamit are among the artists who have conjured up eight bronze maquette models of athletes.
A total of 30 life-size pieces will be produced for the entire Sculpture and Sport collection, which will be on display across the country at a number of venues including Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and as a city-wide sculpture trail in Bath in 2012.
The Oxo Tower Gallery on London’s Southbank will be the venue for the collection of bronzes during the Games.
According to Sarah Lewis, the sponsorship and experience manager at Heathrow, the sculptures “truly celebrate British sporting talent and artistic prowess”. She added that the airport, which was recently named as the 42nd domestic sponsor of the London 2012 Games, wanted to give people the first cultural taste of what Britain has to offer.
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