Support structures for artwork by the artist Yinka Shonibare, installed on the famous Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

Shonibare proposed a 1:10 scale model of HMS Victory contained in a clear bottle five metres long and 2.4 metres in diameter. It was intended as an amusing take on the familiar miniature ship in a bottle, enlarged to the scale of the fourth plinth in one of London’s most important public spaces, as well as referring to the artist’s own cultural origins.

We were responsible for designing the structural frame which supports the ship and bottle on the stone plinth. This was carefully integrated into Shonibare’s proposal – the ropes around the bottleneck are in fact steel props which support the neck, which would otherwise have been overstressed.

London, UK

Yinka Shonibare