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Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo

© By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jupiter Artland Foundation. With thanks to Richard Holliday

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'Temple of Apollo' is a neoclassical-style sculpture. A text inscribed in gold runs around the base of the temple’s dome, reworking the opening of Walter Pater’s 1893 text 'Apollo in Picardy' to attach his words to Saint-Just: 'Consecutive upon Apollo a titanic revolt in his heart… a god definitively in exile – L. A. St-Just.'

Made of Portland stone, 'Temple of Apollo' was originally conceived for Little Sparta, Finlay's garden located in the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh. Not happy with its 'grandness', Finlay originally cast the temple aside. He was happy to later find the perfect poetic site for the temple at Jupiter Artland.

The temple was adapted for its new location by the addition of the dome and gold inscription.

Jupiter Artland





Portland stone & gold leaf


H 300 x W 300 x D 300 cm

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Bonnington House Steadings Wilkieston, Edinburgh, West Lothian EH27 8BY Scotland

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