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Little Sparta

Listed under Gardens in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay’s modern garden of ideas in the Scottish hills. Every step leads to a new object or view, an emblem, a quotation, a reference, a joke or a poem. The whole garden is crowded with incident and craftsmanship, the result of a lifetime’s collaboration with fellow enthusiasts, infinitely rewarding for the visitor looking for layers of meaning in a revolutionary setting. Serious, but never boring.

Written by  Steven Desmond.

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“The thinking artist's garden”

Ideas, words and art grow as superfluously as the greenery here in Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden. Poetry and sculpture lead you through Finlay’s thoughts on politics and ethics which are so bound to his art (which has the taste of classical ruins to it.… Read more...

Written by  Ted Harper.

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