Simon Starling

Project for a Floating Garden (After Little Sparta), 2015

Installation
Plastic, aluminium, grey slate, plants and grass
150.0 × 159.0 × 390.0 Size (cm)
59.1 × 62.6 × 153.5 Size (in)
Hong Kong 2019

Year: 2011/2015 Simon Starling’s hanging garden pays homage to Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta, an Arcadian garden established by the artist in Scotland in 1966. Starling redeploys Hamilton Finlay’s sculpture Nuclear Sail (1975), a grey monolith of slate that suggests at once a standing stone, gravestone and submarine conning tower. Finlay’s Nuclear Sail has renewed resonance as 40 years later the world slips back into rhetoric reminiscent of the Cold War, which, once again, questions the future of the aging nuclear submarine fleet at Faslane, Scotland. In Starling’s work, the standing stone is surrounded by plants and suspended in a structure of black tubing, evoking the silhouette of a submarine. 西蒙•斯塔林 1967 年生於英國埃普索姆 現於丹麥哥本哈根生活及工作 《漂浮花園計劃(小斯巴達 之後)》(2011 / 2015) 150 x 159 x 390 厘米 塑膠、鋁合金、深灰色板岩、植物、草 藝術家西蒙.斯塔林藉《漂浮花園計劃(小斯巴達之後)》向藝術家伊恩.漢密爾頓.芬利於1966年在蘇格蘭所創作的花園《小斯巴達》致敬,以懸浮式的花園延續漢密爾頓作品中的英國田園式花園,同時重新演繹漢密爾頓的雕塑作品《核帆》(1975)。核帆》是一塊具有多重寓意的灰色石板,代表豎立的石塊、墓碑和潛艇指揮塔。事隔四十年,世界再次充斥冷戰時期的言論,彷彿陷入倒退,漢密爾頓的《核帆》在我們這年代引來另一番的共鳴。 此時,蘇格蘭法斯蘭島上老舊的核潛艇艦隊,未來去向也因而備受質疑。來到斯塔林的手中,這塊屹立之石被植物圍繞着並置於一束束黑色鋼管上,呈現仿潛艇的模樣。

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