Will Ocean Keep The Trafalgar Ship Afloat?

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Details of some serious OOH philanthropy sailed my way this week, with the news that Ocean Outdoor are backing a major campaign to save a piece of (nearly) priceless art from an overseas pirate private collector.

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s sculpture, "Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle ". Worth more than my East End flat, incidentally. And about the same size.

£362,500 of  must be raised by mid-April or “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”, which is inspired by Vice Admiral Nelson’s flagship Victory and appeared (as above) on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in May 2009, is in danger of setting sail for foreign waters.

So far the public campaign has raised in excess of £150,000 – so Ocean Outdoor boss Tim Bleakley has pledged £362,500 worth of outdoor ad space to help secure a permanent new berth for the sculpture, hopefully in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Texting £5 to save this ship will make you feel better about all the bad things you're going to do at the weekend. Hopefully.

Ocean’s campaign invites supporters and the public to text SHIP to 70555 to donate £5 towards the campaign and is running across sites including the Two Towers East, Eat Street at London’s Westfield Centre and Hammersmith Broadway P10.

Poster Boy is proud to have been brought up in the gently undulating fields of Nelson’s County (that’s Norfolk, for the uninitiated) and will be texting in a fiver post haste…

PB

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