Ian Hamilton
Finlay

Born 1926 in Bahamas
Lived and worked in Scotland until 2006

Year created:
1985
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sol Revertit, 1985

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sol Revertit, 1985
slate sundial, made with Mark Stewart
Private Collection, NY
Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

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slate sundial
Private Collection, NY. Funding for this exhibition has been provided by an anonymous donor and Joyce Linde.
Exhibit Date: 
On View May 16, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014

No longer on view.

Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) created poems, objects, and a garden, in Dunsyre, Scotland, empowered with wit, beauty, and incisive cultural critique. Renowned as a provocateur, Finlay employed language to create images and forms that challenge our aesthetic and cultural complacency.

In 1966, Ian and his then wife Sue Finlay settled at Stonypath in Scotland. The site was an abandoned croft in the countryside southwest of Edinburgh. The property consisted of a stone house, agricultural outbuildings and four acres of land. Over the next thirty years they transformed the barren hillside into a world-famous garden replete with ponds, pathways, and sublime vistas, a lush oasis for the contemplation of nature and culture. Rather than construct a pastoral garden or sanctuary, Finlay treated Stonypath as a site on which he could assert social value and posture cultural inquiry and criticism. The garden and its temple became the ultimate realization of his aesthetic program.

Funding for this exhibition has been provided by an anonymous donor and Joyce Linde.