Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London displays Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare, a 1:30 replica of Nelson’s flagship, HMS ‘Victory’ on which he died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 guns and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The richly patterned sails were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa. The sculpture is 15.4 ft long and measures 7.7 ft from the keel to the top of the main mast.

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare ‘Ship in a Bottle’

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis Face Reflections

Metalmorphosis, in Charlotte, is a modern art piece by artist David Cerny featuring a huge head in the center of a circular fountain. The polished steel surface acts as a mirror reflecting North Carolina’s blue sky and clouds.

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis Face Reflections

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis in Action

When the motorized, internet-controlled segments of Metalmorphosis (in Charlotte) are rotating, the result is an oddly mesmerizing perpetually moving showpiece which alternately looks like a human head—with disturbing, gaping holes where the mouth or eyes should be—or, alternately, like nothing replicated in the physical world.

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis in Action

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis Side View

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis

Metalmorphosis, by Czech artist David Černýa, is a mirrored sculpture housed in the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The creation consists of nearly 40 steel pieces grouped into 7 segments which independently rotate 360 degrees. When the segments are aligned, the sculpture appears to be a giant, silver head with all of the usual fixtures in their regular places.

Charlotte – Metalmorphosis Face On

Charlotte – Il Grande Disco

Il Grande Disco (also known as The Grand Disc) is a round coin-shaped piece of art that sits at Bank of America Plaza in Uptown Charlotte. The piece is a large, bronze wheel with dark edges and designs etched throughout both sides. The piece has a futuristic, foreign feel and almost seems to be ripping apart at its seams. This piece was created specifically for the space by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, Il Grande Disco and was installed in 1974.

There are five more “Il Grande Disco” sculptures throughout the world, all with similar design and all installed in around the same time frame.

Charlotte – Il Grande Disco