Ship in a bottle

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Nelson’s ship in a bot­tle is a piece of art by Yinka Shon­i­bare. It was on dis­play on Trafal­gar Square’s fourth plinth for over a year (replaced recently with a new art work ). The ship is a model of HMS Vic­tory, Nelson’s flag­ship at the bat­tle of Trafal­gar. The sails are made of the richly pat­terned tex­tiles of the  African dress. Since it was high up on the plinth, it was dif­fi­cult to see the intri­cately detailed ship and only its sails were vis­i­ble from below.


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