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Book: Wittgenstein's Dream
© Gavin Scobie

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Book: Wittgenstein's Dream 1979

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work is one if a series of ‘book’ sculptures made by Scobie in the late 1970s - early 1980s. They explore the sculptural possibilities of the book as a visual object. As Scobie described: “they all express in different ways, nature, the erotic, and I hope, some kind of abstract spiritual reality, the recognition of which I can only leave to the viewer”. ‘Wittgenstein’s Dream’ is the amalgamation of a still life and a book and was made at a time when the artist was beginning to experiment with methods of casting. The title refers to a dream that the Austrian philosopher, Wittgenstein, had and alludes to the border between reality and the dream-world.

Glossary Open


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Cast, Cubism


  • Acc. No. GMA 2152
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Open 5.00 x 51.70 x 83.80 cm; closed 6.20 x 43.20 x 51.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980