"Nelson's Ship in a Bottle" (2010; installation view, 2010)

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, 2010
Fiberglass, steel, brass, resin, UV ink on printed cotton textile, linen rigging, acrylic, and wood; 290 x 525 x 235 cm
Installation view: Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, 2010
Production still from the Art21 "Exclusive" episode, "Yinka Shonibare MBE: 'Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle'"
Courtesy the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), James Cohan Gallery (New York)

"Art-making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying to turn the mundane into gold. You know, you're really trying to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. That's what keeps me doing that, because I keep chasing that: seeing how I can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
—Yinka Shonibare MBE

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