Thru 31 December 2012
Yinka Shonibare’s new artwork Globe Head Ballerina is a sculpture featuring a life-sized ballerina encased within a giant ‘snow globe’, inspired by a photograph of the legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn, prima ballerina assoluta of The Royal Ballet.
Displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House and overlooking Covent Garden, the dancer will rotate slowly and appear to encapsulate a moment stolen from the stage of the Royal Opera House. Typical of some of Shonibare’s previous work, the dancer will have a replica Victorian world globe as her head reflecting the international work of the Royal Opera House and emphasising the universality of ballet as an art form.
The ballerina figure is modelled on Melissa Hamilton, Soloist with The Royal Ballet, and made using traditional sculptural methods and cast in fibreglass. The dancer will wear a tutu and shoes made of fabrics synonymous with Shonibare’s work, implying an African identity. The snow globe is made using a synthetic glass, similar to that used for Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, displayed until recently on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.