This garden temple is dedicated to Apollo, his music, his missiles and his Muses. The dedication and the architectural features are painted onto the facade, so that the simple Scottish building retains its character while being transformed by the gilding, classical lettering and columns. Apollo played the lyre, the instrument of lyric song and poetry; his missiles were deadly arrows; his Muses were the divine beings who inspired the great arts. By the celebration of these three attributes of Apollo the question of their place in our time is raised, along with ideas of civilisation, violence, tenderness and sublimity which are found in many of the works at Little Sparta.
The Temple of Apollo (LS Guide, p. 64). Stone façade with four Corinthian columns, two Ionic column window decorations and inscriptions added in paint and gilding. Nicholas Sloan, 1984.