Nelson’s Ship in A Bottle... by Yhun Suarez

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Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, by Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, was unveiled on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth on 24 May 2010 – on the eve of Africa Unity Day.

The artwork, which is a 1:30 scale replica of the HMS Victory encased in a 4.7m x 2.8m bottle and featuring African-inspired batik sails, explores the legacy of British colonialism – made possible by Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. It is the first Fourth Plinth commission by a black British artist and the first to relate directly to its historic Trafalgar Square location.

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was commissioned by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation, with sponsorship from Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: ‘The Fourth Plinth is about enigma and this will be a national conversation piece – people will ask what it says, is it pro-empire, is it anti-empire? As with the times, it’s a vibrant coalition bringing together the traditional and the contemporary, showing London to be creative and forward looking.’

Yinka Shonibare said: ‘London is such a diverse community, and art is a fantastic way to engage everyone regardless of race, class or gender. It is particularly great that this piece is an expression of Nelson’s legacy, a legacy which has contributed to the diversity of this city.’

Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England said: ’Yinka’s artwork looks through a historic lens to celebrate contemporary London as a truly global city. It directly reflects on its setting and will provide a perfect counterpoint for Nelson. We hope everyone will enjoy the piece on the plinth.’

Between 1841 and 1999, the Fourth Plinth in the north west corner of Trafalgar Square remained empty. Now it is used to display a series of temporary works of art commissioned from leading national and international artists. (Info Source:

Nikon D60, tamron 10-24 mm lens @ 21 mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100, handheld, no flash.
3 shots layered to produce the ‘clone effect’ in PS.
single file converted to 3 exposures in PS (-1, 0, 1).
tone mapped in Photomatix.
adjustments in PS.

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 4 years ago

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfabout 4 years ago

    That’s awesome! Such a cool idea! :)

  • thanks Lina …so pleased you like it :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontabout 4 years ago

    Very Cool!

  • cheers Leelee :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 4 years ago

    Wow!! I have to come back just to see this, so unique!! – wonderful shot Yhun!!

  • thanks Kate :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Joseph Rieg
    Joseph Riegabout 4 years ago

    Super work….I wonder how many will notice the changes in the image!

  • thanks Joseph…I do hope people will like the “twist” :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 4 years ago

    Wow how cool is that !

  • thanks pal :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Really cool idea Yhun! Love it.

  • thanks Rosie-doo :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • amyrey
    amyreyabout 4 years ago

    Superb processing!

  • thanks matey :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot and processing Yhun!

  • thanks so much Bob :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • jester31
    jester31about 4 years ago

    Fantastic, great idea :)

  • thanks Paul :)

    – Yhun Suarez

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