Country Lane with Stiles

The Lane (Stile)
Credit: Evelyn R
Garden Festival 'zone'

Plants and Food

Sponsor, if appropriate

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Type of object

Sculpture or other artwork

Current situation



According to Jack Sloan's blog (see below) 'In 1994 John Dixon Hunt had reported the stiles were, “languishing in storage”. The executor of Ian Hamilton Finlay's estate has confirmed (September 2022) that fate of this piece is unknown, and likely to remain so. An excellent blog post by Jack Sloan describes the installation in some detail, and the author's involvement with the project.


  1. Jack Sloan says:

    Well done for recording all this from the Garden Festival. So much was unfortunately needlessly lost. Working at Little Sparta at the time, I drew the first proposals for this work for Ian and Sue Finlay. I’ve included photographs, thoughts on its meaning(s), sources and appreciation in this piece. Hope it is of help.

    1. It’s of tremendous help, Jack. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Would you be happy for us to use some of your images, with your name attached as credit?

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