Ship in a Bottle...

by David Swatton July. 12, 2010 2595 views

This is the latest commmission for the “empty” 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

“Nelson's Ship in a Bottle” is by Yinka Shonibare. He says his piece will reflect the story of multiculturalism in London: “For me it's a celebration of London's immense ethnic wealth, giving expression to and honouring the many cultures and ethnicities that are still breathing precious wind into the sails of the United Kingdom.”

I suppose the more pressing question for me is why do all “artists” seem to talk such crap? Could it be that they are so far up their own backsides they have lost touch with the real world? Or is that just me being cynical again?

Thoughts on a postcard to the usual address….

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Manuele 9 years, 4 months ago

Excellent Shot

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Rodica O 9 years, 4 months ago

I like it..... Not for the thing in itself, just because it's so big and so out of place and I like it against the sky looking like floating on the clouds...
And the idea of putting it there and showing it against the sky it's not much the artist's merit either, I'm I must thank the organizers and the photographer :) first....
It makes me smile, and that's good enough for me although I don't really have to consider it a different context this could have even been taken as a naughty prank...

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Alexander 9 years, 4 months ago


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Monika 9 years, 4 months ago

you made me laugh loud :) because just before I`ve read the second part of your commentary, I`ve just thought the same: what a rubbish! it must be a hard work to conceive a meaning of something complitely meaningless (pretty though). so therefore lets appreciate at least his effort ;)
i love the composition, the bottle placed against the blue sky.

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Jet28 9 years, 4 months ago

And the prize is? :-) Horrendous!

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Daniel & Lizzy 9 years, 4 months ago

Aah this is interesting :)

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Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 4 months ago

I always wonder how they get these things in the bottles... ;)

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Helen Hooker 9 years, 4 months ago

Hmm, I'm afraid it doesn't do it for me - great photo though!

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Farley Mochan 9 years, 4 months ago

Great shot! love the combination of ship in the bottle and blue sky

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Riyaz 9 years, 4 months ago

Excellent Shot and Here is to a Brilliant City , where Multiculturalism is a BIG Plus!

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