HOMAGE TO MAX BILL. WILD HAWTHORN WEAPONS SERIES. 1974
Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975.
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp. Artist's postcard with a b/w image of an Oerlikon cannon set above a text in English, German and French, about the siting of sculptures:
"Poised against a natural background of vegetation, sculpture can inform the landscape or a garden with a new and tranquillising significance which the beholder finds spontaneously communicated to himself."
Apart from the ironies of "tranquillising" and "spontaneously communicated" when referring to a faster than sound weapon system are dark humour, this is one of Finlay's many cards that show weapons hidden in countryside (hence a reference to the Poussin painting "Et in Arcadia Ego") but also is a "homage" to Max Bill the designer and architect in that the gun's hard edges has similarities to certain works by him and in that the quote is from one of his books on architectural theory.. VG+.