Whaam! Blam! Fighter plane falls into museum

Is it because I’m a proud member of the ‘I was cool enough to do Airfix models when I was eight’ Facebook group, or because I used to cherish my Buck Danny comics as a teenager, ánd I used to really like those Roy Lichtenstein paintings? No, honestly: I think they look kinda cool, those two fighters planes British artist Fiona Banner has just unveiled at London’s Tate Britain, as part of the museum’s 2010 Duveens Commission. Banner (nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002) has long been fascinated by fighter planes (she has worked for 10 years on All the world’s fighter planes, a glass case filled with pictures of airplanes). For her the two planes on display as Harrier and Jaguar represent both ‘captured beast’ and ‘fallen trophy’. For pictures of that other plane, click here. For an interview with Banner (in The Guardian), click here.

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