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The big picture: BA and St Pancras unveil jumbo art installations

19 Apr 2013 by BusinessTraveller

This week saw two huge art installations unveiled by British Airways and St Pancras International station.

British Airways has created a huge image of its iconic B747 aircraft, laid out on the floor of one of its hangars, and made out of items found on the jumbo jet.

The artwork was created by BA employees, and features (among other items) a fuselage made from pillow cases and blankets, windows fashioned from bags of nuts, a tailfin using headset bags and seatbelt extensions, and sky created from Club World blankets and kitchen roll.

The piece is designed to draw attention to the thousands of items loaded onto a jumbo jet before each flight, which include:

1,263 items of metal cutlery, 1,291 items of china crockery, 538 meal trays, 735 glasses, 650 paper cups, 34 metal teapots, 220 drinks stirrers, 500 coasters, 233 toothpicks, 2,000 ice cubes, 99 full bottles and 326 quarter bottles of wine, 700 small cans of fizzy drinks, 164 bags of nuts in Club World, 337 cushions and pillows, 337 sets of headphones, 337 headrest covers, 435 air sickness bags, 58 toilet rolls, 40 extension seatbelts for children, 340 safety cards, 337 copies of High Life magazine, 40 skyflyer packs for children, and five first aid kits

Meanwhile St Pancras International has unveiled the first of three gigantic art installations which will hang from the roof of its Grand Terrace.

Cloud: Meteoros was created by British-born sculptor Lucy Orta, and is the first piece in the Terrace Wires series.

Featuring two large clouds on top of which are positioned grey human figures in various positions, the installation is “designed to unite people inside the station with the world outside”.

The work will be on view until this autumn, with a second piece being unveiled in spring 2014.

For more information visit ba.com, stpancras.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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