PRINT December 2006

Thomas Lawson

1 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Little Sparta (Dunsyre, Scotland) Finlay’s death this spring was a profound loss. But his garden remains a thoughtfully poetic legacy continuing to fl ourish in the high moorland country of southern Scotland. You can get lost in the intricacies of a mind contemplating the riddles of civilization in this studiously unkempt riff on the idea of a labyrinth. It is a carefully choreographed space, with the planting and the paths weaving through it bringing fragments of sculpture and language into and out of view. One moment you are in an intimate place contemplating a verse by Ovid or a small stone model of a tank; the next you turn a corner and the vista opens to a wild landscape prefaced by roughcut boulders on which ORDER and DISORDER are inscribed in a severe Roman typeface.

2 Monique Prieto, “A Great Stink of Burning but No Smoke” (ACME, Los Angeles) Intent on

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