Hic Iacet Parvulum Quoddam Ex Aqua Longiore Excerptum

The Latin, meaning ‘Here lies a small excerpt from a longer water’, implies a gravestone, but ‘excerpt’ subverts this and invites us to ‘read’ the pond as one might read a book or a poem. The pond is indeed an excerpt from the system of ponds and streams at Little Sparta, but it is also, of course, an excerpt from the great waters of the earth.

Carved Memorial Stone, 1969, Maxwell Allen