Little Sparta: The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Little Sparta The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay Sir Roy Strong calls Little Sparta the only really original garden made in this country since Ian Hamilton Finlay s unique creation in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is a garden composed a

  • Title: Little Sparta: The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
  • Author: Jessie Sheeler Andrew Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780711220850
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sir Roy Strong calls Little Sparta the only really original garden made in this country since 1945 Ian Hamilton Finlay s unique creation in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is a garden composed as an artwork in itself It incorporates concrete poetry, moral polemic, philosophical reflection and a sparkling sense of humour While Finlay s works and installations thrSir Roy Strong calls Little Sparta the only really original garden made in this country since 1945 Ian Hamilton Finlay s unique creation in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh is a garden composed as an artwork in itself It incorporates concrete poetry, moral polemic, philosophical reflection and a sparkling sense of humour While Finlay s works and installations throughout Europe and North America are well documented and justly famous, this is the first book devoted solely to the garden at Little Sparta, which has been at the heart of his life s work It offers the reader a sense of the diversity and originality of the garden along with a text that unfolds the layers of meaning it contains.

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    1. A really good, lucid and intelligent reading of the garden at Stony Path; the book is a good guide to the puns and allusions which articulate the ideas of much of the garden, but is is also a beautifully put together book on its own merits.

    2. This book has a permanent place on my book shelf. It is one that I read from time to time, and have read several times this year. Very interesting, but I may be being bias as he is one of my favourite artist.

    3. The wonderful photographs of Andrew Lawson convey the moods and atmospheres of different parts of Finlay's garden as Sheeler's text helps explain some of the complex ideas that underly it.

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