The Garden at War : Deception, Craft and Reason at Stowe

The Garden at War : Deception, Craft and Reason at Stowe Stowe is not a garden of flowers or shrubs it is a garden of ideasacres of carefully maintained gardens offer a complex web of views, pathways, statues, inscriptions, urns and provocations Unlike its French floricultural precursors, Stowe presents sudden shifts of scene, abrupt revelations, as well as spots at which to stop to absorb the visual effect There is natural beauty in the gardens of Stowe, but they serve a larger purpose than to please the eye Beneath this fa ade of bucolic idyll lies a deeply important suggestion of man s relationship to nature This important new collection of essays and artwork brings the together ideas from some of the leading thinkers on landscape design, exploring the gardens at Stowe, as well as Ian Hamilton Finlay s Little Sparta, as sites of conflict between order and disorderJoseph Black is an emerging artist and writer Stephen Bann is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol and has written extensively on the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay

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