Bottle of Notes

A rare visit into Middlesbrough. The Bottle of Notes is a 1993 sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It’s a 30m high steel structure, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s story “MS. Found in a Bottle”. The structure of the bottle is in the form of handwriting taken from the diary of Capt. James Cook and reads “We had every advantage we could desire in Observing the whole of the passage of the Planet Venus over the Sun’s disk.” It serves well as a climbing frame for the local children. Perhaps not what was intended and surprisingly ignored by the Elf and Safety people.


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