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Fighter planes decorate Tate tree
Fiona Banner is the 20th artist to decorate Tate Britain's tree

More than 100 model fighter planes have been used to decorate a Christmas tree at the Tate Britain art gallery.

Artist Fiona Banner decorated the tree with 123 models of all the global fighter planes currently in service, entitling her work Peace on Earth.

Banner, a previous Turner Prize nominee, is the 20th artist to decorate the south-west London gallery's tree.

In 1999 Mat Collishaw added a video of rats eating mince pies to its base and in 2002 Tracey Emin gave her tree away.

In its place Emin left a large canvas asking for donations to HIV and Aids charity Lighthouse.

Unveiling her tree on Friday, Fiona Banner admitted: "It took a long time to collect the models from all over the world.

"Some models didn't exist and I had to construct them from scratch."

The tree will remain on display at the gallery until 1 January.



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