Yinka Shonibare's sculpture Nelson's Ship in a Bottle.
Nelson's Ship in a Bottle has been unveiled at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich following the success of the fundraising campaign.
• There's all the technical detail about the protective coatings applied to the sails to prevent the sun from fading them and the many tiny fans that are built into the object to keep the temperature within a 10-degree range and stop the build-up of condensation.
• Of course, there's the "making-of" story: how the perspex bottle was made in Italy, then craned into a London studio for the insertion of the scale replica of Nelson's HMS Victory. Once that process had been undertaken - in secret - Shonibare's team clambered into the bottle to add the finishing touches, which you can see in this excellent photo gallery at the Guardian.
• There is the fact that Shonibare is the first black artist to be commissioned to make a work for the fourth plinth and the whole meaning of the piece as outlined by the artist. It's a celebration of Britain's multi-cultural society, which Shonibare attributes in part to Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar: the seas were freed for the British to build their Empire; subsequently, individuals and families from countries within that Empire arrived in Britain.
• Let's not forget the material used for the sails. These are not the bright white sheets of Nelson's original; they're made of a richly patterned fabric more commonly associated with African dress, a regular motif in Shonibare's work. But the fabric isn't from Africa; it's from Brixton market. The reason it is associated with African dress is not indigenous craftsmanship but the mass production of the material by the Dutch, who sold it to their West African colonies. The design, in fact, is not even African: it's based on Indonesian batik.
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emka (77500) 2014-05-06 23:01
very interesting sculpture and I have never seen it before. Amazing piece of art and I like it very much. Superb presentation.
Warm regrads MAlgo
dta (65764) 2014-05-06 23:15
Hello Danos ,
Un sujet original et intéressant , superbement mis en image . J'aime beaucoup le contraste avec le ciel sombre .
pajaran (51304) 2014-05-06 23:17
Interesantan i dobar tekst sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan brod u boci, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu, lrpa boca sa brodom na jedra.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good text describing ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the ship in a bottle, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment with clouds that bring rain, a nice bottle boat to sail.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
papagolf21 (85498) 2014-05-07 0:04
Bonjour, cher Danso,
Excellente prise de vue (une fois de plus). L'effet est spectaculaire. De plus, avec ce ciel d'une beauté toute particulière donne à la composition une dimension plus importante.
Très bonne journée.
mesutilgim (83056) 2014-05-07 0:48
Hello dear Danos,
Ship in a bottle ! One of the crafts of 17th-18th century whice has disappeared now.
Good that you've seen it in Greenwich, captured and presented us here at TE with many intresting and educative notes.
TFS and best regards
lousat (75622) 2014-05-07 1:03
Hi Danos,truly beautiful this sculpture and truly great your capture,an imposing perspective to watch it in the best way and to take this beautiful dark sky in background,great exposure and top quality as usual,very original pic,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-07 1:39
This is different, and very charming.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
pierrefonds (56488) 2014-05-07 4:26
This artwork is impressive. The point of view is showing the détails and the colors of the sculpture. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
COSTANTINO (54516) 2014-05-07 4:49
Hello my friend
excellent composition with the most
interesting sculpture Nelsons ship in
a bottle worthseeing view indeed
unbelievable because I have
a small one in my collection
mine is very small like a toy
great exposure and first quality
have a nice time
cornejo (30706) 2014-05-07 4:57
Hello Danos, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting sculpture, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Sergiom (58770) 2014-05-07 5:35
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Difficile d'imaginer sa dimension, même si on peut comparer avec les toits qui l'entourent. La contre plongée lui donne beaucoup d'ampleur. J'aime les couleurs franches.
Fis2 (84628) 2014-05-07 6:17
Interesting POV and composition.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon
dkmurphys (48484) 2014-05-07 6:29
Nice detail of this original work of art. Good catch!
saxo042 (37270) 2014-05-07 8:13
A very good picture and a very interesting work of art. I am very impressed by the size of this artwork. I understand (from Google) that the bottle is 4.7 metres in length and 2.8 metres in diameter. A truly impressive thing. You have chosen a very good POV, so we see the ship against the dark and cloudy sky.
ikeharel (56104) 2014-05-07 9:03
Nicely taken the ship in the bottle, a fine shot of the "monument".
Great clarity through the glsss, green and red colors inside, and also contrast with the grey sky aloft.
SimoAle (642) 2014-05-07 9:35
Wow!!!complimenti per questo nuovo successo, suggestiva e impressionante scena!
Silvio1953 (120686) 2014-05-07 9:54
Ciao Danos, great view of original sculpture, superb sky, splendid perspective, excellent clarity and wonderful pastel colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dale54 (6605) 2014-05-07 11:10
danos hello..amazing shot..love it,the color and this contrast with those dark BG clouds do it for me! dale
ourania (30227) 2014-05-07 11:48
πολύ εβδιαφέρον και πρωτότυπο το γλυπτό, πολύ δυναμική, ακριβής και ελκυστική η παρουσίασή σου. Μου αρέσει πολύ ο τρόπος που αξιοποίησες την οπτική σου γωνία, γεμίζοντας το κάδρο. Τα κτήρια δημιουργούν μια πολύ καλή βάση και προοπτική, το γυαλί έχει μια ευχάριστη λάμψη ανάμεσα στα μουντά χρώματα που κάνουν την ατμόσφαιρα κάπως δραματική. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
kato (11630) 2014-05-07 12:52
You're capturing well this showpiece by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see sculpture of Nelson's Ship in a Bottle. It seems to unique idea, and it's tasteful for combination of bottle and ship. And, it's remarkable for the design and color of ship's mast. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination.
jacquest (18577) 2014-05-07 12:56
Interesting image and note. The upward view adds to the importance of the bottle and the menacing sky may represent a stormy sea. Excellent colors and clarity of the details.
fritzi007 (4553) 2014-05-07 14:10
really a very good presentation, very good information!
jcpix (13574) 2014-05-07 15:53
This is great! Always viewed as somewhat of a kitsch souvenir, this life size ship in a bottle takes on an entirely new appeal. I really like how you've composed this shot, the lower point of view and moody sky puts a dramatic charge into the visual. Wonderful notes to accompany this craftsmanship. Love the originality, this would have to be a first on TE I imagine. Enjoy the new day ahead. All the best.
jmdias (54579) 2014-05-07 17:59
a real curious monument, look so funny and beautiful. interesting details in the note. I liked the contrast against the dark sky.TFS.
mcmtanyel (12491) 2014-05-07 20:31
A very attractive photo with an interesting story. The way the glass bottle has collected the light is fabulous.
Corry (4508) 2014-05-07 21:19
Une sculpture très originale dont la couleur se démarque superbement bien sur ce ciel nuageux. Bien fait.
jurek1951 (42128) 2014-05-07 22:02
a very effective photo of this interesting architecture, great details and POV,
amaryllis (34481) 2014-05-08 0:01
Superbe cette bouteille et bateau in, une belle sculpture, ton cadrage et la lumière mettent bien en valeur cette belle réalisation
Merci de ta note
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-08 0:29
interesting sculpture and very original approach to the subject. I like the low POV you chose to take this picture which makes the bottle main focus of the image but also offers a glimpse of the architecture around. Very nice colors and perfectly given sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
jhm (138280) 2014-05-08 3:42
You took these picture nice out of a low position, with a pleasant result.
This is the first time that I see these bottle with ship.
Sharpness and clarity are pefect.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice day,
adramad (37377) 2014-05-08 6:55
A stunning composition of this monument as original, the execution thereof is splendidly done, so I can appreciate their size is considerable, so it is more suggestive, certainly a great ornament to the city.
Magnificent colorful tones very effective.
Good management of light and good sharpness.
Very well done. My compliments.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
clic (14742) 2014-05-08 7:15
Geia sou Danos
So much dexterity needed for inserting a boat in a bottle!
Those elegant sails set in there appear as a precious relic of the past displayed for veneration in a container that stands out finely over the grey backdrop.
For shure, this ship will never sink at sea when the weather turns bad!
abmdsudi (42690) 2014-05-08 7:48
That's Message in a Bottle depicting Nelson's Ship, it's a real cool shot and a treat to the eyes strengthened by the deep grey sky. Powerful - as though it really could sail the seas with the impressive shooting angle, belting details and tones. I love the scale diff of rope around bottle neck & ship. It's a cracking shot nicely done, Congrats.
PiotrF (7526) 2014-05-08 9:11
Hello Danos ,
This artwork is impressive. Interesting photo and intensiv colors.
Sharpness and clarity are pefect.
serp2000 (39604) 2014-05-08 9:21
Good afternoon, Danos,
Oh, this is very interesting and informative note. I did not know a lot of these facts. Thanks. Excellent photo, good idea for the memorial. It really looks like a small souvenir on a shelf. Cool contrast of the bottle with the stormy sky.
Best wishes, my friend,
nikkitta (14618) 2014-05-08 10:00
What original capture, taken from below and so allowing good contrast with the dark sky
The building at the bottom of the bottle is a reflection or part of the sculture?
Very well seen
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2014-05-08 10:34
Fascinating note on this most ancient of arts, a ship in a bottle makes me think of the most skilled, and most patient people! This looks beautiful, especially the contrast between the dark sky behind and the green light of the bottle. Your low point of view makes it seem huge too! Thanks for a fascinating note!
All the best
Cricri (105369) 2014-05-08 10:39
Une œuvre original et intéressante, bien mise en valeur sous le fond dramatique du ciel, superbe image
Romano46 (17554) 2014-05-08 13:36
un'altra bella ed originale visione dalla grande Londra.
In questa mi piace in maniera particolare il POV scelto e la particolare gestione della luce che ha permesso, unito ad un cielo grigio al punto giusto di dare un particolare rilievo al soggetto.
Nitidezza e colori straordinari per una composizione eccellente.
Ciao e buona notte
mirosu (13340) 2014-05-09 6:38
Superb view up. Excellent large bottle close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice weekend.
eldancer1 (27229) 2014-05-09 7:30
This is one big bottle! I wonder what was in it before the ship...rum? Good pov it makes the bottle even bigger and nice details. Well done, tfs.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-05-09 20:58
Δάνο, οσο κι αν "πειράξεις" τα χρώματα η ιναι ασυναγώνιστη..τίποτα σαν τον ελληνικό ουρανό!!
γέλασα με την φωτογραφία σου που ειναι διαφορετική και ακρως ελκυστική!
ευχομαι να πέρασες ομορφα στο Λονδίνο!
dip (23596) 2014-05-10 11:06
Γεια σου Δάνο,
εντυπωσιακό το τεράστιο μπουκάλι με το καράβι,πρώτη φορά το βλέπω,
πολύ ωραία και η φωτογραφία σου,εδώ ο σκοτεινός ουρανός,σαν φόντο, βοηθάει να φανεί ακόμα περισσότερο το έργο τέχνης που δημιουργεί ωραία αντίθεση,
Graal (96823) 2014-05-11 11:50
unusual sculpture. Amazing ship in bottle. Nice place and attractive theme for tourists. Good captured and presentation here. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
mkamionka (30220) 2014-05-15 8:52
I have quite recently posted a picture of another bottle used as a modern installation in UK. They seem to be popular here I guess. Never heard about this one before. You captured it beautifully with the dark threatening sky as a background -it contrasts well with bright interior of the bottle.
very well done!
mohammad_H (9206) 2014-05-15 12:06
beautiful, eye-catching and has an interesting view of this fascinating place, Nelson's ship in a bottle, the symbol of an actual ship, beautiful
mjw364 (7340) 2014-06-09 11:26
Great POV that gives a distorted sense of scale. Love the contrast of the red with the darker skies too.
berek (37350) 2014-10-20 23:17
I love this composition. Hard to imagine its size, although it can be compared with the surrounding rooftops. Against the dive gives him a lot of momentum.
aliabazari (14813) 2014-10-21 23:29
This shot was captured as well. Combine the ingredients well. Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (85797)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-05
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, B+W SLIM 82E C-POL MRC
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: England
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 22:46