Saturday, August 7, 2010

Harrier and Jaguar

On display at Tate Britain, is artist Fiona Banner's controversial "Harrier and Jaguar" installation. Made up of recently decommissioned fighter planes, the showing exemplifies the artistry and beauty of form, juxtaposed against the ugly, destructive purpose of the aircraft's design as weapons of war. Much can be said about the purposeful placement of the craft which adds to the installation's story. Are they captive beasts or fallen trophies? Can Harrier and Jaguar really be considered art? Fiona Banner leaves it up to us to decide.

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