Ian Hamilton Finlay by
Call Number: N6797.F53 I264 2005 eVideo
Publication Date: 2005
This film offers a sparse narration to complement a lushy visual showcase of the beauties, provocations and puzzles of little sparta. From previously barren moorland in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Ian Hamilton Finlay has created a unique garden as encompassing work of art. Little Sparta is a magical combination of culture and horticulture, poetry and planting, philosophy and myth. In the garden there are inscriptions and sculptures reflecting the artist's preoccupations: the enlightment and the french revolution, pre-Socratic philosophy, garden history, World War Two, the sea and fishing fleets, time and mortality.