Shrink wrapped for transit this aircraft, usually used for transporting loads, itself becomes a transported load. The CH-46 and Chinook helicopters are a reoccurring motif in Banner’s work. The name, Chinook, comes from the Native American People of modern-day Washington state and the phenomenal Chinook winds of North America.
Banner makes a play with wind created and emitted by the body and the massive downdraft created by helicopter blades in flight, using the semantic slippage between the German word ‘Fahrt‘ and English ‘Fart’, as in passing wind.
The double-bladed Chinook helicopter is an engineering phenomenon. Visually it is a contradiction; it looks clumsy and prehistoric, and yet is able to perform the most extraordinary aerodynamic function. Inextricably linked to the Vietnam conflict, today the aircraft are associated with saving lives as much as combat. Banner has long been interested in this strangely anthropomorphic pushme-pullme beast, and over the years has revisited it through various works.