In 2015 HS Projects was invited by Heathrow Airport to re-assess and evaluate their art collection during a period of the company’s re-structuring.
In close consultation with our client, we selected a number of works originally commissioned as part of the BAA Art Programme (1994 to 1999) and earlier acquisitions that have relevance to Heathrow, its re-structured business and brand. These works formed the Heathrow Art Collection.
We curated and installed the works into their new corporate head office at The Compass Centre, Heathrow Airport. In re-siting the works, we considered the original criteria and purpose of the work in identifying sites to ensure the integrity of the work is maintained in its new location.
The Heathrow Collection includes works by Brendan Neiland, Robyn Denny, Victor Pasmore, Sandra Blow, Marcia Raff, Guy Noble, Jonathan Waller and Adrian Hemming.
Under the BAA Art Programme, we undertook a series of commissions in 1995 that formed part of the Heathrow Terminal 3 art collection. In close consultation with our clients, we identified the circulation spaces at Heathrow Terminal 3 that took business class passengers to the airline lounges as suitable sites for the commissions. With the majority of business travellers through T3 visiting London for business, it was decided that scenes of London would make the most appropriate theme.
Four young, emerging artists were invited to celebrate famous London landmarks. ‘Man Walking His Dog: Trafalgar Square’ by Guy Noble; ’The Epic and the Everyday’ by John Bartlett, a view of the City of London near St Paul’s Cathedral. For London’s markets, Soho, Portobello and Covent Garden we commissioned Haydn Cottam, while Jonathan Waller’s paintings depicted the quiet, calm leafy greenness of many of London’s parks and gardens with his ‘Queen Mary’s Garden: Regent’s Park’ and a typical summers day in ‘Hyde Park’.
‘Man Walking His Dog: Trafalgar Square’ by Guy Noble and ‘Hyde Park’ by Jonathan Waller have since been relocated to the Compass Centre, Heathrow’s head office and form part of the Heathrow Art Collection.