7-8 September 2019
Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Iain Hamilton Finlay�s greatest work of art. Finlay moved to the farm of Stonypath in 1966 and, in partnership with his wife Sue Finlay, began to create what would become an internationally acclaimed garden across seven acres of a wild and exposed moorland site. Collaborating with stone carvers, letterers and at times other artists and poets, the numerous sculptures and artworks created by Finlay, which are all integral to the garden, explore themes as diverse as the sea and its fishing fleets, our relationship to nature, classical antiquity, the French Revolution and the Second World War. Individual poetic and sculptural elements in wood, stone and metal are sited in relation to carefully structured landscaping and planting. In this way, the garden in its entirety is the artwork.