Heathrow airport targets top Instagram title with world street art recreations

Four of the world’s most Instagrammed pieces of street art have been recreated at Heathrow to provide passengers with the perfect ‘post’ moment when starting their journey at Heathrow.

The artwork aims to make Heathrow the most Instagrammed airport in the world this year and follows research revealing that ‘Instagrammability’ is now one of the biggest motivations for booking a holiday. Almost a third (30 per cent) of holidaymakers seek out holidays with picturesque Insta hotspots, with nearly two in three (60 per cent) finding their travel inspiration from Instagram.

Above the Lines by Alice Pasquini (Terminal 2). The mural in Rome depicts three women jumping the height of a building and was painted to help raise funds for the town of Grisciano after it was hit by an earthquake. Credit: Heathrow Airport

The street art campaign aims to bring the best of British and international culture to the airport, with unique recreations of four pieces of street art from around the globe including Colette Miller’s iconic Wings from Los Angeles, which have been snapped, shared and liked hundreds of millions of times on Instagram including by famous fans like Halle Berry, Zach Braff and Gerard Butler.

Anamorphic Frog by Odeith (Terminal 4). Using perspective and shadow, Anamorphic Frog, creates the illusion that it is creeping up on you and is one of the most Instagrammed artworks in Lisbon. Credit: Heathrow Airport

World's Most Instragrammed Airports

  • 1 - Incheon International Airport, South Korea

  • 2 - Heathrow, London, England

  • 3 - Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 4 - Sheremetyevo, Moscow, Russia

  • 5 - Haneda, Tokyo, Japan

  • 6 - Singapore Changi, Singapore

  • 7 - Gatwick, London, England

  • 8 - Narita, Tokyo, Japan

  • 9 - O’Hare, Chicago, USA

  • 10 - Dubai International, UAE

Wings by Colette Miller (Terminal 3). Colette Miller created the Global Angel Wings Project in 2012 on the streets of Los Angeles, the City of Angels. They were painted to remind humanity that we are the angels of this earth. Credit: Heathrow Airport

Other recreations include Rogue One’s iconic ‘Floating Taxi’ from Glasgow, Alice Pasquini’s ‘Above the Lines’ from Rome and Odeith’s ‘Anamorphic Frog’ from Lisbon. Each piece of street art measures between 10 and 16 foot and encourages smartphone-photographers to be ‘part of the art’, following research revealing that the majority of users think they generate more ‘likes’ by being ‘in’ an image themselves. Each artwork has been placed in terminals that fly to its original street art location, meaning select passengers can also go and see the original.

The Floating Taxi (Terminal 5) is Rogue One's most famous and most Instagrammed artwork, depicting a man hailing a taxi floating with balloons on Mitchell Street in Glasgow. Credit: Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is currently the second most Instagrammed airport in the world and aims to overtake South Korea’s Incheon International Airport with its street art initiative this year, helping travellers upgrade their plane poses and auto-pilot selfies at the beginning of their journey.

Keeping up appearances on social media has become a major driver for holiday-makers, with the research revealing that the average person will take 25 selfies a day on their travels. Amateur ‘phoneographers’ take an average 463 pictures on each trip and spend 43 minutes a day editing their best shots.