Thursday 12 December 2013: Hinterland
This is a work called "Hinterland" by Norma Starszakowna which hangs in what is called the Members Lobby of the Scottish Parliament. It consists of a series of digital and hand processed printed silk banners.
The explanatory note next to it talks of a work that "celebrates the achievements and aspirations of the Scottish people".
However my reaction it is a bit less cerebral and has been since I first saw it, when I was a member of the committee that bought the first artworks for the building. I love it's variety, textures and colours.
And I never see this image (in Edinburgh) without thinking of the old verse about the Glasgow coat of arms:
Here is the bird that never flew
Here is the tree that never grew
Here is the bell that never rang
Here is the fish that never swam.