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Heathrow dives into the Olympic spirit

Heathrow has kick–started its build up to the London Olympic Games with a sculpture exhibition celebrating British sporting talent at Terminal 5.

Heathrow has kick–started its build up to the London Olympic Games with a sculpture exhibition celebrating British sporting talent at Terminal 5.


'Sculpture and Sport: A Celebration For 2012' has been designed as a celebration of the upcoming 2012 London Olympics and comprises of eleven life-size sculptures of well-known British sportspeople.


For example, a lifesize wireframe sculpture of Olympic diver Tom Daley is among eleven other sculptures on display at the airport, which are all intended to showcase British art, culture and sportsmanship to people visiting the capital.


Each artwork is designed to interpret a different Olympic or Paralympic sport, and, in addition to Tom Daley, will showcase a wireframe sculpture of sprinter Jason Gardener and eight bronze maquettes of other athletes.


The exhibition will be on display until 30 September.


Art at the Edge – the community interest company based in Bath which commissioned the sculptures – will also launch a competition at the end of August for up–and–coming British artists to design a final bronze sculpture for the collection.


Meanwhile, each artwork will be available for purchase with profits donated to The Youth Sport Trust and ParalympicsGB – charities that encourage disabled and disadvantaged young people to become engaged in sport.


Sarah Lewis, sponsorship and experience manager at Heathrow, said: "As the UK's largest gateway, Heathrow will be the first taste visitors to the capital will experience of the London 2012 Games.


“It is therefore a great privilege to cement the airport's place as a key cultural destination for London 2012 and display these works - which truly celebrate British sporting talent and artistic prowess."

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