Ian Hamilton Finlay
Lyre (Mk. 2) [collaboration with John Andrew] 1977

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Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
Lyre (Mk. 2) [collaboration with John Andrew]
Date 1977
Medium Portland and Nabresina limestones
Dimensions Object: 232 x 324 x 121 mm, 19.1 kg
Acquisition Purchased 1977
Not on display

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Ian Hamilton Finlay has achieved international recognition as an artist although he has described himself as a poet. He has also explained that his stone works are not to be thought of as 'sculptures' 'since they are the material form of ideas'. In 'Lyre (MK.2)' Finlay combines an image of modern warfare, a six-pounder gun, with the word 'Lyre', evoking a pastoral or classical theme. By linking these two opposites Finlay sought to create a unified structure. At the same time, the disparities between image and text invest the object depicted with new and surprising connotations.

August 2004

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