Reverend on Ice
Nelson's Ship in a Bottle
This is a replica of Lord Nelson's ship Victory set inside a giant bottle, by artist Yinka Shonibare which was unveiled today 24th May, 2010 (eve of Africa Day) at the the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London. It is a 1/30th replica of Nelson's flagship Victory, on which Lord Nelson died during the battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has, like the original, 37 sails, with 31 set as on the battle day for a light wind. It carries 80 cannons, on deck and almost invisible below deck, and the materials are traditional oak and hardwood, brass, twine and canvas. The sails look like Shonibare's trademark African cottons, woven in England and printed with African patterns for export, which he buys in Brixton market and has used repeatedly to subvert iconic pieces of western art. They are actually made of traditional sail canvas, hand-sewn, and hand printed in batik designs by the artist.
All hands on deck.
once again blogger's size limitations lemme down,
hope it's evident those are actual people inside the bottle...that's just how big it is.
Yinka Shonibare with a smaller model of the bottle.
Behind him is Girl on a Flying Machine (2008).
pics and words jacked from The Guardian/Andy Hall/Getty Images