NELSON'S Ship in a Bottle has arrived at its new permanent home at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
The piece of contemporary art by Yinka Shonibare MBE was commissioned by the Mayor of London and spent almost two years on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
A public appeal was started by the Art Fund to raise enough funds to buy the 4.7 metre long bottle containing a scaled down replica of HMS Victory and bring it to Greenwich. The campaign raised over £250,000 and the ArtFund provided a £50,000 grant.
Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said:
"We are delighted that the Art Fund's first fundraising appeal for a contemporary work of art has been successful. It is not an easy environment in which to run a campaign but the campaign's success is testimony to the popularity of Yinka's work."