Nelson's Ship in a Bottle
11 images Created 24 May 2010
Artist Yinka Shonibare's artwork Nelson's Ship in a Bottle on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. Shonibare said his version of HMS Victory with its textile sails with African and batik prints reflects the multicultural and diverse capital. The 2.35m high ship inside a specially-made glass bottle, which is a 1:29 scale replica of the original HMS Victory, will be in place for 18 months. 37 large sails are made of patterns which are commonly associated with African dress and culture. The patterns also look back at the path of colonialism as the patterns were inspired by Indonesian batik design, which were mass produced by the Dutch and sold to the colonies in West Africa. Turner Prize-nominated Shonibare said: "For me its a celebration of London's immense ethnic wealth."