December 1992

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1992 11.8 x 9cm, 36pp plus grey boards. An artist's book with descriptions of unrealised sculptural works designed to be placed in a garden (arcadia).
For instance:
The word FRAGILE in Roman letters, on a formal stone placed upright by the foot of a birch tree."

A birch has bark that is very easily removed - and even peels from weathering - hence it may be regarded as fragile. The Roman civilisation lasted for centuries but self-destructed very quickly in c. 480 AD. - and may also despite its long history be also regarded as fragile due to its own internal contradictions.
One of 250 such books printed as Christmas gifts by the Press. VG+.