HMS Victory in a bottle.



This scaled down model if Nelson’s ship – HMS Victory – stood in Trafalgar Square London between May 2010 and January 2012.


“The Fourth Plinth Programme is a contemporary art prize in the UK. Funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England, the programme invites world class artists to make astonishing new works for the centre of the capital city.

The British / Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare, created the ship in a bottle which measures 4.7 metres in length and 2.8 metres in diameter,

“Its a celebration of London’s immense ethnic wealth, with patterns on the sails were inspired by Britain’s colonial past.”

The art work now has a permanent position at London’s Maritime Museum in Greenwich.