Turner Prize-Nominated Artist Roger Hiorns Will Bury a Boeing 737 in the Name of Art

Hiorns plans to bury a decommissioned Boeing 737. Photo: Avioners

British artist Roger Hiorns has announced that he plans to bury a passenger airplane for his upcoming project in his hometown of Birmingham, England, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The conceptual artist explained that, by burying the decommissioned Boeing 737, he is seeking to “amplify the contemporary anxiety which the object holds over us.”

According to the Independent, Hiorns plans to lower the plane 7 meters below ground, and let visitors explore the inside via a narrow spiral staircase.

Roger Hiorns was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009. Photo: The Daily Telegraph

Roger Hiorns was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009
Photo via: The Daily Telegraph

“People won’t be able to see anything,” he said. “I’m presenting a space that’s deeply familiar but filled with anxiety, and increasing the level of anxiety by placing the compressed atmosphere of an aluminum shell underground.”

Unsurprisingly, the artist doesn’t like flying, and has admitted that he limits his flying “to once every two or three years.”

After four years of planning, the 39-year-old has finally found a spot for the jet funeral at an abandoned industrial site beside a canal. Once complete—not until next summer—visitors will be able to walk up and down the aircraft’s fuselage and sit in the seats.

Roger Hiorns has previously experimented with aircraft parts Untitled (EC-135c aircraft engines) (2010) Photo: Audit Chaos Blog

The artist has previously experimented with aircraft parts, like in Untitled (EC-135c aircraft engines) (2010)
Photo via: Audit Chaos Blog

The project comes with a hefty £250,000 ($388,000) price tag, which Hiorns wants to fund with a grant from the government-run Arts Council England.

The artist has worked with aircraft on several occasions. In 2010, he filled the engines of a Boeing EC-135C with crushed antidepressant pills, and, in 2009, as part of his Turner Prize presentation, he atomized the jet engine from a passenger airliner and displayed the resulting pile of dust at Tate Britain (see Turner Prize: Confused Critics Demand Relevance! and Nominees for the 2015 Turner Prize Include Three Women Artists and a Housing Project).


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