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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