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Edinburgh: City Arts Centre, 2000.
15 x 21cm, 2pp announcement card for a group exhibition relating to the formation of the New Scottish Parliament. The front of the card shows a Finlay work from 1999 with the new parliamentary buildings relabelled with boat's numbers.
The architect Enri Miralles used upturned fishing boats as an inspiration for his ridiculously stupid, not-fit-for purpose building (if you have visited inside you will note the rooms for the Members of Parliament are too cramped and their assistants have to sit outside the rooms in a sort of open plan area that is again far too small but Miralles died and they went ahead with it when redeveloping the Old High School on Parliament Hill would have made so much more sense - First mInister Donald Dewar pushed this through and it was one of his bad decisions along with others that affected this writer in his past employment in politics but we digress out of past ire).
The text on the back of the card is also somewhat damning of the building with its faint praise and Finlay's question that if the buildings are boats, is the Parliament at sea level? VG+.