- Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
- Glass on wooden base
- Object: 335 x 307 x 75 mm, 1.2 kg
- Bequeathed by David Brown in memory of Mrs Liza Brown 2003
Technique and condition
A one piece sculpture comprising an etched glass panel mounted on a wood block with a metal gnomen.
The rectangular, greenish glass panel, with polished edges, has an acid etched design applied on the reverse. This etching leaves a clear pattern of curved grid lines, words, inscriptions and numbers visible through the glass. The glass panel has a rectangular projection to the lower edge which fits tightly into a slot in the centre of a rectangular shaped, pale coloured wood base; this block holds the panel perpendicular.
Through a milled hole in the centre of the glass, a slot headed steel engineering screw with protective washers has been tapped into a steel rod. This rod projects to the rear of the sculpture making a gnomen. When lit correctly, the gnomen casts a shadow across the glass to the number twelve, which is 10˚ East of South, as indicated by the words etched in the glass.
On acquisition there was a small sliver of wood missing on the proper left lower edge of the integral wood base. As the rounded edges to the break would indicate, the damage occurred at some considerable time in the past. The structure of the sculpture is not compromised in any way by this loss. No conservation treatment was deemed necessary.
There is no artist’s inscription.
November 2004 / October 2005