Press photographers got their first glimpse of Heathrow's brand new Terminal 2, due to open to the public on 4 June. The interior of the vast space is dominated by a huge, twisting aluminium sculpture called Slipstream, by renowned British artist Richard Wilson.

Slipstream is set to become one of Britain's most viewed public sculptures, seen by 20 million passengers a year. Weighing 77 tonnes and measuring 78 metres long, the sculpture's sinuous aluminium form is inspired by the world of aviation and captures the imagined flight path of a small stunt plane.

A sculpture by British artist Richard Wilson dominates the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport. Made of aluminium, Slipstream is 78 metres long and is inspired by the flight path of a stunt plane
A sculpture by British artist Richard Wilson dominates the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport. Made of aluminium, Slipstream is 78 metres long and is inspired by the flight path of a stunt planeGetty
Visitors look at the sculpture Slipstream and the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow
Visitors look at the sculpture Slipstream and the new Terminal 2 at HeathrowReuters

The new Terminal 2 is a £2.5 billion development by Spanish architect Luis Vidal and has taken five years to complete. The building has an undulating steel framed roof which floods the building with natural light.

The interior of the departures lounge in the new terminal
The interior of the departures lounge in the new terminalAFP
This picture shows detail in the roof structure of the new Terminal 2
This picture shows detail in the roof structure of the new Terminal 2AFP
Heathrow's old Terminal 2 is pictured here, on 19 July 2004
Heathrow's old Terminal 2 is pictured here, on 19 July 2004Getty

The old Terminal 2, opened by The Queen in 1955, was demolished after 54 years of service. It was Heathrow's first terminal, originally called the "Europa Building" and was designed to deal with 1.2 million passengers a year. By the time it closed in 2009 it was handling 8 million passengers a year.

Heathrow has invited Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to officially open her new Terminal on the 23 June.

The sculpture Slipstream runs down the centre of the new Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal
The sculpture Slipstream runs down the centre of the new Terminal 2: The Queen's TerminalReuters
A photographer takes a picture of Richard Wilson's Slipstream
A photographer takes a picture of Richard Wilson's SlipstreamGetty
A detail of the sculpture by British artist Richard Wilson, Slipstream
A detail of the sculpture by British artist Richard Wilson, SlipstreamAFP
Construction workers labour on a site next to the new Terminal 2
Construction workers labour on a site next to the new Terminal 2Reuters
Computerised boarding pass check-in gates at the new Terminal 2
Computerised boarding pass check-in gates at the new Terminal 2AFP
Artist Richard Wilson (left) and architect Luis Vidal pose near Wilson's Slipstream sculpture
Artist Richard Wilson (left) and architect Luis Vidal pose near Wilson's Slipstream sculptureReuters