Monday, June 19, 2006

"Cloud Gate" (also referred to as "The Bean") is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. It is located in Chicago’s Millennium Park. You can click here to see a photo essay on the construction of "Cloud Gate."

"There are nine different words for the color blue in the Spanish/Maya dictionary but just three Spanish translations, leaving six [blue] butterflies that can be seen only by the Maya, proving that when a language dies six butterflies disappear from the consciousness of the earth."

—Earl Shorris, “The Last Word: Can the World’s Small Languages Be Saved,” Harpers, Aug., 2000

This quote is part of the preamble to The People’s Poetry Language Initiative: A Declaration of Poetic Rights and Values, which begins by stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all languages are created equal, endowed by their creators with certain inalienable meanings.” Read more here.

Or watch this terribly clever video: