Babel Treasure Box by Beth Schwartz

Bidding Supports: Center Stage (Baltimore, MD)

Item Number
$129 USD
Online Close:
Mar 1, 2020 10:00 PM EST  –  Bid Extension
Bid History:
2 Bids

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Language can be slippery, double-edged and often inadequate. It draws us together and pushes us apart. The box explores this theme, utilizing newspapers from all over the world like a tower of Babel, inks, and acrylics. Flaubert's quote, from Madame Bovary, addresses how crude a tool language can be. His words are juxtaposed with Da Vinci's perfectly proportioned Vitruvian man. The box measures 9 1/2" x 9 3/4" x 2 1/4" with removable dividers.

Flaubert: "Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars."

Special Instructions

Pickup is at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street Tuesday, March 10 through Friday, March 13, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. You must call in advance, 410.986.4025, to make arrangements.