Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’!
That’s right, London’s art-loving public (that’s you lot) have spoken, and they’ve named British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s striking tribute to Trafalgar Square’s maritime history the best of the ten artworks to have graced the Square’s ever-changing fourth plinth.
Latest commission ‘Gift Horse’ by German artist Hans Haacke could only manage fourth place, behind Bill Woodrow’s ‘Regardless of History’ and that bloody massive blue chicken by Düsseldorf-based sculptor Katharina Fritsch, which made way for Haacke’s horse when it was installed last week. Meanwhile Anthony Gormley’s 100-day performance project ‘One & Other’ – which saw members of the public spend one-hour stints on the plinth doing whatever they hell they wanted (generally showing off their arse cheeks) – limped home in seventh place.
Of the result, Time Out’s art editor Martin Coomer says: ‘I think Shonibare’s model of HMS Victory is a winner for a number of reasons: because it taps into ideas about history and national identity – our seafaring past – in a way that’s accessible and very beautiful; because, despite the size of the piece, it retains the inherent magic of seeing a tall-masted ship that’s apparently sailed through neck of a bottle; because Shonibare’s a great London artist; and probably because the piece is still on display – it has a permanent home outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.’
Check out the full ranked list of works.