John Latham Five Sisters Bing 1976

Artwork details

Artist
John Latham 1921– 2006
Title
Five Sisters Bing
Date 1976
Medium Books
Dimensions Object: 190 x 622 x 457 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
T02072
Not on display

Display caption

Five Sisters is one of the derelict land sites in the Midlothian and West Lothian area which Latham, during his placement with the Scottish Development Office, proposed should be preserved as monuments (see Derelict Land Art: Five Sisters displayed nearby). Latham’s proposals included a suggestion for the erection of large sculptures, in the form of books, on the summits of the shale heaps or ‘bings’. This proposal was never carried out but the arrangement of the books which form this work echoes the shape and appearance of the Five Sisters Bing.

February 2010

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