This room display is part of Tate Britain’s BP British Art Displays 1500-2009 and features Ian Hamilton Finlay’s monumental one-room installation Sailing Dinghy 1996 which comprises a full-sized sailing boat and poem.
The sailing boat, which Hamilton Finlay sailed himself, measures over five metres tall and four metres wide, while a poem forms a ‘key’ that describes the parts of the boat and evokes its movement.
His work, often collaborative and in a wide variety of materials, is a unique blend of art and poetry - this installation combines his love of ships and the sea with his love of literature and the potency of words.
Image: Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sailing Dinghy (1996)
© The Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay