Victoria Miro Gallery II
16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
This exhibition of benches by Ian Hamilton Finlay coincides with the inauguration of a series of permanently placed sculptures – eight benches, a tree plaque and a large circular inscription of the names of trees found in Kensington Gardens – at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Especially commissioned as part of the gallery’s recent renovations, these are the first of Finlay’s works to be situated in London and were dedicated to the late Princess of Wales, the Serpentine’s Patron from 1993 to 1996. These, and the works in the gallery, emphasise Finlay’s poetic vision, his love of nature, contemplation and solitude.