Do you remember we reported that there were lots of strange banging noises going on at Tate Britain, behind a big black curtain? We know what it is, and now that the curtains have been opened, you can come and see it too . . .
It’s Harrier and Jaguar, the new artwork by Fiona Banner. Oh, and it’s made of two real fighter jet planes. Amazing!
Banner has chosen to install two fighter jets in Tate Britain, one upside down on the floor, and one hanging by its tail from the ceiling.
She has been fascinated by jets ever since she experienced their raw speed and energy as a child. She was walking with her father in a very beautiful, quiet part of Wales when a jet flew overhead, making an incredible noise and cutting through the sky.
Now these two planes, both of which have been used by the military, are filling the Duveens gallery space. They look like the could take off at any moment, but like they’ve been trapped. Just like the Harrier Hawk and Jaguar they are named after, they’re like wild animals.
What else do they remind you of?
They’re even more impressive in real life – come and see them if you can!