The Why?s Man

"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie

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A genius once said

of years still ahead

that energy is there

from water and air

from earth and the sun

and before it's all done

we could live a long while

in natural style.


That is...


If man could develop

power to envelope

the whole of the globe

in an exploratory probe

to dismiss as trash

our dependence on cash

and usurp pounds and pence

by organised sense.

This poem also questions the monetary system on which world banking is based, as Wyllie did in his play, A Day Down a Goldmine. It also hints towards his focus on air, equilibrium and balance, something which he later interpreted in his spire scul?tures.

A Day Down a Goldmine


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