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The biggest ship in a bottle ever made, currently on display in Trafalgar Square, could end up in a South Korean millionaire’s garden unless the public stumps up thousands to save it. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich wants to give a permanent home to Yinka Shonibare’s replica of HMS Victory but needs to raise £362,500 to do so.
The model went on display in May2010 and is due to stay on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth until January 2012.
The artwork is a 1:30 scale replica of Nelson’s ship and is 11ft 4in long and 7ft 7in tall – squeezed inside a 15ft bottle. It is fully rigged with 31 hand-stitched sails set as they were on the day of the Battle of Trafalgar and is complete with 80 cannon and miniature lifeboats. The only deviation from the real ship is in the detail of the sails, which are decorated with patterns symbolic of African identity and independence, a Shonibare trademark.
Nelson was killed on board HMS Victory during the battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
On the left is the neo-classical National Gallery, built on the North side of the square between 1834 and 1838. It houses a collection of more than 2300 paintings, including works by van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet.
On the right at the north-east corner of the square is the St. Martin-in-the-Fields parish church. The church with a large white steeple was built in 1721 by James Gibbs and was used as a model for many churches, especially in the United States. It is the fourth church at this site, the first was built in the 13th century.
The gallery, church and the monuments in the square are listed on the National Heritage Register.
Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot.