Explore the huge Farnborough Wind Tunnels which have been closed to the public for over 40 years…
Britain’s aerodynamic testing wind tunnels which were built in 1917 and 1935 and were once used by the Royal Air Force for testing fighter planes have lain dormant for over 40 years. Now they’ve been brought back to life with a new exhibition.
The Wind Project, sees a series of sound installations and performances set inside two vast Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, near Farnborough airport. Sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie has reactivated the awe-inspiring Q121 and R52 wind tunnels with a sound installation which responds to it’s inimitable physical architectural and acoustic qualities.
In a separate installation, writer and technologist James Bridle has utilised satellite mapping to create a ‘sensory experience’ for visitors within a 1400 metre-square airship hangar. A programme of events and talks is also running alongside the exhibition which coincides with the Farnborough International Airshow.
The Wind Tunnel Project is open now and runs until July 20th. For more information see here.