A bronze ship’s propeller can be seen trapped inside a bronze crate in this sculpture by Ian Hamilton Finlay. A plaque on the plinth alludes to the metamorphosis of a pupa into a butterfly and suggests the propeller might evolve into a boat. This witty, playful and poetic piece is typical of the artist’s work, which often refers to Scotland’s maritime history.

A bronze ship’s propeller can be seen trapped inside a bronze crate in this sculpture by Ian Hamilton Finlay. A plaque on the plinth alludes to the metamorphosis of a pupa into a butterfly and suggests the propeller might evolve into a boat. This witty, playful and poetic piece is typical of the artist’s work, which often refers to Scotland’s maritime history.

Provenance

Private collection.




Exhibitions at Scottish Maritime Museum: Irvine

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