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New art structure unveiled at Brize Norton

 
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of RAF Brize Norton, award-winning artist David Harber was commissioned to create a unique sculpture to reflect the strategic global importance of the airbase, and the international reach of its aircraft.
The ‘Gate Guardian’ was unveiled at a special event on October 13 by former Station Commander of Brize Norton, Air Commodore Jonathan Ager, and Flight Sergeant Emily Young, an Air Cadet from No. 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron, Air Training Corps. The piece was gifted by AirTanker, which provides the RAF with Air-to-Air Refuelling.
Made in David Harber’s Oxfordshire workshop, the piece features models of the aircraft stationed at the base – a C-130J Hercules, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster, an A330 Voyager and an Airbus A400M Atlas. It is crafted from Marine Grade Stainless Steel to ensure its longevity and boasts built-in lighting so that it looks as striking by night as it does by day.
On the work, David Harber comments: “For me as an aviator and an Oxfordshire local, this project was incredibly rewarding to work on. To create something unique that embodies all of the fantastic, imperative activities in which Brize Norton is involved is very special”. 
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