Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Fiona Banner - Harrier and Jaguar

Words cannot begin to describe the sheer quantities of awesomeness emanating from the Duveen Galleries in the Tate at the moment. Artist Fiona Banner has suspended a Sea Harrier fighter plane from its tail and chromed out a Jaguar fighter plane. If you haven't seen it yet, please, go. Thou will shed no regret.

"I remember long sublime walks in the Welsh mountains with my father, when suddenly a fighter plane would rip through the sky, and shatter everything. It was so exciting, loud and overwhelming; it would literally take our breath away. The sound would arrive from nowhere, all you would see was a shadow and then the plane was gone.

At the time harrier jump jets were at the cutting edge of technology but to me they were like dinosaurs, prehistoric, from a time before words."  – Fiona Banner