The Writing Tower is a new addition to the sculpture garden of Little Sparta, created by the late artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. Presented with his powerful legacy, the Tower does not shy away and responds with an ‘attack’ in the spirit of the garden. It is also a ‘sun-dial’ that encourages Little Sparta to grow, and part of the new ‘Gate of Thermopylae’ threshold. A simple, timeless object charged with multiple meanings, it continues along the lines of Finlay’s artworks as artefacts carefully placed within the garden. Home to 6 writers and a Director for a year, the off-grid Tower provides a place of retreat from everyday distractions, and serves as an inspiring place to write within the magical context of the garden.
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