Burj Al Arab sand sculpture built at UK airport

The Burj Al Arab sand sculpture at Gatwick Airport.

The Burj Al Arab sand sculpture at Gatwick Airport.

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.”

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Posted by: Sandy

Loook's like a great sculpture, sand or not :)

Posted by: Martin de Zoete

This can not be a sand sculpture. i tottaly agree with Pedro Mira.
We are profesionals and this is bad. Do not call a sculpture a sand sculpture when it is not made out of sand. otherwise you can call a glass sculpture also a sand sculpture as we know sand is used to make glass..

Posted by: Paul Hoggard

This is FAKE and Whoever thought that it was a good idea to try and fool everyone is a IDIOT, you dont have to be a proffecional sand sculptor to see this is not Genuine , shame on Gatwick airport and the people behind this short sighted stunt.
Paul Hoggard www.sandsculpture.co.uk

Posted by: Pedro Mira

This is not a sand sculpture! I fact it's a very bad and cheap imitation of a sand sculpture. Probably plywood or plastic covered with sand.
I'm amazed that such wealthy company couldn't invest in something more interesting (like a real sand sculpture made by a real sand sculptor). They are using the fame and the success of sand sculptures worldwide and faking it.
It's sad and ridiculous.

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