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"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie
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A WEE MULTITUDE OF QUESTIONS FOR GEORGE WYLLIE
By Liz Lochhead
Extracts & Images...
...Who was the young sailor
who walked in a place of ash and char, fused glass, bone?
Who saw that, aye, rocks do melt wi' the sun
and let pulverised granite run through his fingers
like the Sands of Time Shall Run?
(The name of the place was
and in the middle of the word
was the hugest question-mark.)
...Who wishes to avoid Incorrect Assumptions leading to
False Conclusions? Wants us to question mark,
yen, buck, pound?
Who in A Day Down A Goldmine asked us to resist
the Golden Fleece, the Big 'I-con'
that would swizz us all to sell our souls?
faced an absurd
(Which the bird keeked over
and The Wall keeled over.)
...Who, one Christmas, made
gorgeous guano-free robins
cheep in George Street, Edinburgh,
than were starlings once in Glasgow's George Square
...Whose spires inspire us,
What the devil was the de'il
wha danced away wi the exciseman?
(Art did! Art is the very devil that danced
awa wi the exciseman.)
Extracts from "A Wee Multitude of Questions for George Wyllie" by Liz Lochhead
Reproduced with permission
George Wyllie Education Initiative
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