Public Art

Four Shades

By Ian Hamilton Finlay
Category: Miscellaneous


The title of this piece, Four Shades, is a reference to the four different types of trees used in this garden installation. Finlay is a poet, sculptor, and gardener famous for merging these three artistic tendencies, so it is no surprise that the title of this sculpted landscape is a play on words. The four trees are arranged in an alternating pattern around a circular mound of earth.

Year Completed: 1994
Material: Elm, sycamore, pine and basswood trees, Kentucky bluegrass sod and topsoil
Donor: Laumeier Sculpture Park commission with the support of Aurelia and George Schlapp

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