This is a large outdoor work comprising illuminated text on a large scaffold support.

The words are divided into three lines, giving it the formal appearance of a haiku. The use of white electric bulbs, together with the unusual typeface, evokes 1970s disco glamour as well as fairground aesthetics, at once elegant and tacky, and at variance with the message of the text. Coley is a Scottish artist whose work explores society's expression of itself through the environment it constructs, whether through built architecture and monuments, or through intellectual and religious beliefs and systems. This work would be sited within the expanding sculpture park of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, adding a prominent contemporary Scottish presence to others represented from earlier generations such as Moore, Hepworth, Rickey and Paolozzi.


the artist

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