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Ian Hamilton Finlay’s poetry moved in the early 1960s from a solely literary form to a kinetic or concrete one expressed in stone, wood, neon and other materials. This glass poem sundial suggests the shape of a sail, moving through the sea yet in sight of the land. The sun is a way of measuring time as well as fixing a position in space.

A steel rod projects from the glass to act as the sundial’s pointer, casting a shadow to the number twelve, which is 10˚ East of South, as etched in the glass.

February 2010