Ship in a Bottle has a new home in Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum has become the new owner of Yinka Shonibare's fourth plinth sculpture Nelson's Ship in a Bottle.
Originally commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Trafalgar Square site, it will now be on permanent display outside the Sammy Ofer wing of the Greenwich museum.
A campaign launched by the Art Fund and NMM raised £362,500 - including a grant of £50,000 from the Art Fund and £49,100 from the museum - to secure a home for the piece.
Director of the Art Fund Stephen Deuchar said: "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 and to the continued generosity of the many enlightened individuals upon whom the charitable sector depends."
The artwork will be installed tomorrow and will be ready to view on Wednesday April 25 - in time for the Queen's visit.
This week also sees the re-opening of The Cutty Sark and launch of the exhibition Royal River - Power Pageantry and the Thames.
Yinka Shonibare said: "I am absolutely delighted and touched by the public's generosity. It is testimony to the importance of keeping Nelson's Ship in a Bottle in the country. The piece was whole heartedly embraced by the public while at Trafalgar Square and I am glad that the same affection for the work will continue at Greenwich."