Little Sparta: the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay

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Frances Lincoln, 2003 - Gardening - 141 pages
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Sir Roy Strong calls Little Sparta "the only really original garden made inhis country since 1945". Ian Hamilton Finlay's unique creation in theentland Hills south of Edinburgh is a garden composed as an artwork intself. It incorporates concrete poetry, moral polemic, philosophicaleflection and a sparkling sense of humour. While Finlay's works andnstallations throughout Europe and North America are well documented andustly famous, this is the first book devoted solely to the garden at Littleparta, which has been at the heart of his life's work. It offers readers aense of the diversity and originality of the garden along with a text thatnfolds the layers of meaning it contains.

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Sometimes IHF can seem a little cool if not outright combative. This book doesn't gainsay that, but does allow one the satisfaction of seeing that Spartan outlook allied to, perhaps 'mythically ... Read full review



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