Saturday 18 July 2009

Ship In A Bottle

I happened to be in Trafalgar Square last Tuesday, en route to the Mall Galleries, and I failed to notice whether some twit was standing on the Fourth Plinth or not. When Gormley's gormless nonsense runs out in October, a statue of the Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park will occupy the plinth for the following six months (CLICK). Next in line for the plinth is ... er ... a ship in a bottle. Contemporary art? I thought ships in bottles went out of fashion at least a century ago. Still, Yinka Shonibare's bottle will be made of acrylic, rather than glass, and the ship is a model of Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, a fitting reminder of the Battle of Trafalgar and of Nelson's death (title link).


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