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Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Simon Starling

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.

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Artist

Simon Starling

Date

Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2019

Location

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Contact

www.artbasel.com

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Simon Starling

Art Basel, Hong Kong

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Simon Starling

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Artists

Simon Starling