|Childhoods End is a new collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and Mead Gallery. The artists worked with British based Kennet Aviation to film the installation, which consists of two screens positioned opposite each other. One is a large-scale projection filmed from the wing of a military fighter plane which faces a small monitor showing the pilot in his cockpit. The pilot executes a series of planned manoeuvres to skywrite the anarchist symbol in the clear blue sky above the British countryside. Cornford and Cross Childhoods End sees the clear blue sky obliterated as the planes vapour trail leaves its subversive mark - like a solo graffiti artist spray-painting the sky.
||Matthew Cornford and David Cross met and studied at St Martins School of Art in 1987, and have exhibited extensively both in the UK and abroad. The artists are known for their acts of intervention, including Camelot the enclosure with security fencing of a traffic island outside Woolworths in Stoke-on-Trent. Norwich is the site for two of their works: the construction of a turkey breeder unit New Holland for EAST 1997 outside Norman Fosters Sainsbury Centre and the riverside 1999 commission Jerusalem, a life size memorial cast from the lead of spent bullets, of a 13 year old school boy in the Officer Training Corps, in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral.