"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)

"I want the formal strategy to be part of the meaning of the work. So, from using the textiles and the fabric and what that actually means. You know, they're not just textile. There's a sort of historical content there. It then becomes difficult to separate what something looks like and what it expresses."
—Yinka Shonibare MBE

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