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Nelson's ship in a bottle tops the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

This week the new wonder of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London was revealed and it’s something we’re sure that Nelson would be proud of; it’s a perfect relica HMS Victory inside a huge glass bottle!

We visited Trafalgar Square – among the families splashing around in the fountain in the shock sunny weather England has been having – to see the ship up close, and it really is a sight to behold.

The beautiful ship was designed and created by Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare who aims to reflect on the historical symbolism of Trafalgar Square with the ship. Because the Square is a tribute to the Battle of Trafalgar and the ship’s sails are made of patterned textiles which are used with African dress, it was designed to represent African independence. Shonibare says the sails highlight, ‘ the legacy of British colonialism and its expansion in trade and Empire, made possible through the freedom the seas and new trade routes that Nelson’s victory provided.’ Although you can’t get too close to see the intricate detail of the sails, the colours are certainly something quiet spectacular as they really brighten up the grey stone of the Square.

It’s been a long time coming, but we think this artwork was worth the wait. The ship makes for a striking picture as it overlooks the Square which brings some much-needed colour and fascniation to the long-standing statues.

Do you think this is a good object to have on the Fourth Plinth? Or have you seen the ship for yourself? Let us know what you think below by selecting ‘Leave a comment’!

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See more of our pictures of Trafalgar Square here

Learn more about the Fourth Plinth ship here

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Read Yinka Shonibare’s bio

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