The key attraction of Terminal 2’s departure lounge, the ‘London Taxi’ is inspired by the iconic design of London’s black taxis. The sculpture, which presents a distinct representation of Britain, is featured alongside other British brands as well as Richard Wilson’s sculpture Slipstream at the Terminal’s entrance. It was manufactured in the artist’s workshop in Shoreditch, London and installed overnight at Heathrow.
Radcliffe’s first piece of permanent public art, the ‘London Taxi’ will bid farewell to around 20 million passengers at Terminal 2 every year.
Normand Bovin, Heathrow’s chief operating officer, said: ‘As the UK’s only hub airport, we have a unique opportunity to showcase British talent to the world. I am delighted that we have chosen a London artist and given new talent a platform in front of 20 million passengers a year from more than 50 destinations.’
Paul Brennan, Taxi driver and member of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said: ‘I’m delighted that the famous black cab has been recognised in such an innovative way. Benedict’s done a fantastic job of creating a piece of art representing the London Taxi and we’re thrilled that millions of passengers coming through Heathrow every year will get to see such an iconic part of British culture.’
Benedict Radcliffe remarked: ‘Synonymous with London for more than half a century, the FX4 first appeared on our streets in 1958 and has served London and many other towns and cities in the UK ever since. I am incredibly proud to have been selected by Heathrow for a permanent display at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, the opportunity to exhibit at the UK’s hub airport has been a great honour for me.’
Benedict Radcliffe, who had graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, is an emerging London artist commissioned by brands including Paul Smith, JCB and Range Rover. His works have ranged from installations inspired by manufacturing, fashion, technology and transport.