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The Virgilian Wood
1985 - bronze

In an olive grove bordered by grapevines, four bronze pieces are scattered among the trees. A basket of lemons rests on the ground while two plaques (one in Italian and one in English) hang from the boughs of the olive trees. Several steps away, a plow, like the ones used by the ancient Romans, is placed on the ground and its form recalls the forked shape of the olive branches surrounding it.

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay (Nassau, Bahamas 1925 - Edinburgh, March 27, 2006) preferred the title of "gardener" to that of artist or poet. For most of his life, he lived and worked in his property of Little Sparta in Dunsyre, Lanark (Scotland).

Among his one-man shows we recall here the ones held at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London (1998, 2003, 2007); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (1980);Oriel Mostyn Llandudno (1996); Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona (1999); "Nature Over Again After Poussin", McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton ON - Canada (2000); "Maritime Works", Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2002);David Nolan Gallery, New York (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009); Galerie Stampa, Basilea (2000, 2006); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2007); Kunthalle, Bremen (2008);Tate Britain, London (2013); St. Paul's Cathedral, London (2017).

Permanent public artworks can be seen at the parco della Padula, Carrara; Serpentine Gallery, London; the Stuart Collection, La Jolla, California; Laumeier Sculture Park, St. Louis, Missouri; Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo.

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