ZE728: Fiona Banner’s “Tornado” Bell Exhibited at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

tornado ze728 bell  ZE728: Fiona Banner’s “Tornado” Bell Exhibited at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK(Image: Tony Roberts, cc-nc-sa-3.0)

Artist Fiona Banner is known for her provocative aviation-themed exhibits. Banner’s Harrier and Jaguar took the Tate Britain by storm last year, although sadly the two warplanes ultimately found their way to a London scrapyard. But a less talked about 2010 exhibit saw a battered Tornado F3 rescued from the scrap man and recycled into a large bell as part of a unique urban art exhibit for the Cultural Olympiad in the North East.

tornado ze728 bell 2  ZE728: Fiona Banner’s “Tornado” Bell Exhibited at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK(Image: Tony Roberts, cc-nc-sa-3.0)

Bearing the former jet’s serial number, ZE728, the bell – which was aptly named Tornado – was co-commissioned by Locus+ and Great North Run Culture. These images showcase “Tornado” in pride of place by the River Tyne in Newcastle, while the rest of ZE728 was melted down to include 50 limited edition aluminium ingots available for £500 via Locus+ and Frith Street Gallery.

tornado ze728 bell 3  ZE728: Fiona Banner’s “Tornado” Bell Exhibited at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK(Image: Tony Robertscc-nc-sa-3.0)

Fiona banner, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002, has exhibited various artwork themed around aviation. Previous commissions include All the World’s Fighter Planes, and her latest work, Snoopy Vs The Red Baron, is on display at Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin.

tornado f3  ZE728: Fiona Banner’s “Tornado” Bell Exhibited at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK(Image: Arpingstone, public domain)

Tornado ZE728 served with 25 Squadron at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire before the squadron was disbanded and the fighter plane retired.  The Tornado F3 above is identical to what ZE728 looked like before being recycled as an urban art exhibit.