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Custom sculpture for Royal Air Force base

RAF Brize Norton, the British Royal Air Force‘s largest aircraft base, has commissioned a bespoke sculpture to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The sculpture was unveiled in October 2017 by former Station Commander, Air Commodore (Ret‘d) Jonathan Ager and Flight Sergeant Emily Young, an Air Cadet from No. 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron.

The creative brief was to design and make a unique sculpture depicting RAF Brize Norton's global importance as a transport hub to and from operations worldwide.

Called the Gate Guardian, the sculpture is a sphere of latitude and longitude lines – representing the earth – with four of Brize Norton's key aircraft types flying out from the globe to represent the strategic global importance of the aircraft base.

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At the unveiling and in the workshop

Covered bespoke sculture, about to be unveiledUnveiling the sculpture: former Station Commander of Brize Norton, Air Commodore (RetDavid Harber speaks after the unveiling with the Gate Guardian sculpture in the background
Working on the globeDetail of airplane propeller from the workshop, showing off quality craftmanshipRepresentation of plane in flight, adding drama to the sculpture

Unveiling the Gate Guardian, courtesy of BBC South

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