John Latham, Five Sisters Bing, 1976, books, 190 x 622 x 457 mm, Tate.
Here Latham uses his regular medium of book to echo the contours of a derelict land site in the Midlothian and West Lothian area. The plan was to build book-shaped monuments on them, but I'm glad that never happened because it would probably end up like some late-Claes Oldenburg awfulness. And besides, libraries do the job of publicly celebrating the written word so much better.
I enjoy this, however. That you can get a sense of the contours a large outdoor space from this simple cropping and arranging of everyday items is a neat piece of shamanism. Curiously, the Tate's exhaustive cataloguing tells me that one of the books used is by top comedy writer David Nobbs, creator of Reggie Perrin.