Dawn at Q121

Dawn at Q121

'Dawn' is a monumental sculpture in the new International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to installation a section of the sculpture was exhibited in the UK for invited guests. The exhibition contrasted the clean lines of the work with the industrial wind tunnel 'Q121' at Farnborough Airport. Previously in this building Spitfire components were tested for aerodynamics during world war one and the exhibition by M+R reflects on the way in which flight has shaped world events, worlds views and our understanding of freedom. Birds wings inspire shapes which are programmed with light effects reproducing the movement of clouds. Patches of white light drift through clusters of illuminated blue acrylic blades; gentle shifting shapes contrast with precision engineering.