Gatwick Airport, one of the UK’s busiest hubs, has erected a two-metre tall sand sculpture of the Burj Al Arab, the iconic Dubai hotel.
Installed last week, the sculpture, along with another depicting New York’s Chrysler Building, marks two of the London airport’s newest long-haul routes. Earlier this year, Emirates began operating one of its three daily services to Dubai from Gatwick using its A380 aircraft.
The sculptures, which will remain in place for two months at the airport, will be viewed by around 7.5 million passengers expected to pass through Gatwick’s terminals during the period.
"I am delighted that these two urban sculptures will be exhibited at London Gatwick, the inspiration for which was taken from two of the flagship cities Gatwick flies to – New York and Dubai,” said Zeus, the artist behind the two sculptures.
“Airports are symbols of modern metropolises like London, so what better place to display the works where millions of passengers can see them.
“My aim is to give people passing through Gatwick’s terminals a place to reflect before they travel and when they return home to London.”