I was commissioned in 2010 to design new patterns for the sails of Yinka Shonibare's 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle', a recreation of Nelson's famous ship HMS Victory. The model was housed in a large glass bottle and was part of London's Fourth Plinth project, where it was placed in a corner of Trafalgar Square on the empty plinth. With 37 sails and 80 cannons, it is the largest ship in a bottle ever to have been made. After it's time on the plinth it was bought by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich where it now stands by the main entrance as a permanent outdoor sculpture. The patterns were screen-printed on to a traditional sail canvas material. I also designed a wax seal emblem with the artists initials, along with banners that were displayed around the square and invitations to the opening of the event.
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