Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

HMS Victory, her most famous moment in history is at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The installation on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar and the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence. The textile sails with African and batik prints reflect the multicultural and diverse capital, as explained by the artist Yinka Shonibare. It is on display for 18 months.

I was looking for a different view to the usual Nelson’s column in the background so I decided to add one of the fountains at Trafalgar Square as a point of interest. With it being out of focus, you can still make out it is one of the fountains however, the sharpness and colour on the right hand side of the frame leads you to where I would like your eye to roam. Highlighting the textile sails, the uniqueness of the installation hopefully shines through.

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