A sculpture created using stainless steel and the authentic nose of the supersonic aircraft Concorde has been unveiled at Royal Ascot this week. The five tonne sculpture, named Icon, which stands 9ft high and 22ft long, has been placed near the Royal Ascot Pavilion.
Designed by Sebastian Conran,the creation was an important piece of the aerospace engineer’s childhood and teenage years encouraging his love for aircraft and engineering. Built in a Buckinghamshire barn, the nose and visor are from BAC Concorde Airframe No, 6, which was used for testing and has taken five years to complete.
Sebastian told TravelPlus: “This sculpture has represented years of hard work from everyone involved in bringing it to life. “The best reward is we get to display it at such an iconic and historic event and we are honoured Royal Ascot has chosen Icon as their main sculpture display this year.”
Concorde cruised at twice the speed of sound and was made by British Aerospace and Aerospatiale. The aircraft’s needle-shaped nose was tilted to allow pilots to see the runway and completed its first flight from Toulouse in 1969 and made its final supersonic journey in 2003.