Going nowhere with a view

27 June 2010

Scuttling from St Martin’s Lane towards Charing Cross, I caught a glimpse of Yinka Shonibare’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle,” the latest artwork on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square. Handsome, indeed, even from that distance.

Looking into the making of Impossible Bottles, I have been tickled by the opinion that “This handcraft is suitable to people with a lot of patience and to people who are inside prison cells.”  What would a jailbird choose to imprison in their own glass jar? The mind boggles.

But that ol’ mind boggling is itself just a wandering clipper held captive in its own narrow-necked, bone jar..

Yinka Shonibare's "Ship in a Bottle"

Yinka Shonibare's "Ship in a Bottle" (BBC photograph)

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