Latest bespoke piece by British artist and sculptor, David Harber, to mark the 80th Anniversary of the international airbase 

OCTOBER 2017: 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 Friday 13th October by former Station Commander of RAF Brize Norton, Air Commodore (Ret’d) 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, close to RAF Brize Norton, the piece features models of the aircraft stationed at the base – a C-130 Hercules J, 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 RAF Brize Norton is involved is very special”.

RAF Brize Norton’s Station Commander, Group Captain Tim Jones, said: “The Station has an amazing history and a brilliant connection with the local community. Our daily work is very busy and diverse – for example, over the past five weeks, we’ve been supporting in the Caribbean following the devastating storms –  and to have this fabulous monument to symbolise that is really exciting. It looks great by night and by day, which is important as we are a 24-hour base”.