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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Yinka Shonibare

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, after the work was first displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare

Shonibare's work explores colonialism, post-colonialism, race and class and its hallmark is the London-born artist's use of brightly-coloured "African" fabrics.

The 4.7m long, 1:30 scaled-down version of Horatio Nelson's flagship The Victory was secured for the nation after a public appeal for funds. The purchase of the work also included donations from the National Maritime Museum and Shonibare's gallery, Stephen Friedman.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Yinka Shonibare

The National Maritime Museum is within easy walking distance of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.

How to get to Greenwich?

Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark Station or train from London Bridge to Greenwich Station (8 minutes). There are regular 188 buses to Greenwich from Euston Station. Buses 177, 180, 199, 286 and 386 all go to Greenwich.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare MBE

Alternatively take a river boat along the River Thames from Westminster Pier opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (1 hour). You can walk under the Thames using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle Greenwich

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