Bottle of Notes, Middlesbrough
Bottle of Notes is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, which was unveiled on the 24th of September 1993. It is located on Centre Square in Middlesbrough, near the mima art gallery. The 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 Captain 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." This was written by Cook in in June 1769 on his first voyage on HMS Endeavour.