Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Carl Gabriel's Carnival art features at London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5

The works of Carl Gabriel are being showcased in a one man exhibition the departure building of Heathrow Airports Terminal 5. Heathrow is expecting 840,000 passengers to pass through its doors during the August bank holiday weekend.
This piece(untitled) is the latest of the Carl Gabriel collection . 
This exhibition is testament that London sees Carnival as not exclusively as a Caribbean festival in London, but an integral part of London’s 21st century multi cultural identity,
Heathrow spokesman Malcolm Robertson said the airport aimed to provide their passengers with an "immediate sense" that they have arrived in London.
"Bringing the Notting Hill Carnival to international arrivals is one way of doing just that,"
I managed to get exclusive photos of the two pieces just after they were installed at Terminal 5 during the early hours of Sunday morning 23rd.
This piece that was designed as a challenge trophy is used as the logo
for the NHMBA 
The pieces will be on display till the weekend of the bank holiday (29th of August) and will be seen by thousands of passengers during this week (terminal 5 handles about 70,000 passengers a week) giving Notting Hill Carnival and the art of mas a massive international audience.
Another first for Carnival and another first for Carl Gabriel who in my opinion is without a doubt the worlds leading exponent in the carnival tradition of wire bending.
Carnival artist/Masman Carl Gabriel with his latest work that he describes as "An exercise in shade, form, and texture".  
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