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Even Gods have Dwelt in Woods
© Ian Hamilton Finlay

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Even Gods have Dwelt in Woods 1976

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work refers to a long-running battle that Finlay was involved in with Strathclyde Regional Council. The carving was first purchased by the Scottish Arts Council and subsequently 'kidnapped' by the artist's associates. It was then inscribed on the reverse with the names of the 'guilty' who were involved in the feud about the rateable status of a Garden Temple on the artist's property. The piece is one in a series of 'heroic emblems' in which Finlay combines a motto and an image. The line is from Virgil and the picture is based on a photograph of the American heavy cruiser 'Minneapolis' in camouflage.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4180
  • Medium Stone
  • Size 23.00 x 28.10 x 7.40 cm
  • Credit Scottish Arts Council Collection; presented 1997