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In Fall 2003, a new Sanborn sculpture was dedicated at the new Washington D.C. Convention Center. The sculpture is called "Lingua" and consists of two 16-foot tall cylinders. Each cylinder is covered with four rings of text, meaning there are passages written in 8 different languages: French, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Chinese, Iroquois, Russian, and Ethiopian.
This Project is an attempt to transcribe and translate all 8 sections. If you are interested in helping with this project, please bookmark this page so you can see the latest status.
Note: Most of the following are first draft attempts. If you would like to create your own transcript or translation, feel free! The more independent attempts, the better. Simply edit this page to add a link to your version.
Transcribed but not yet entirely translated
Transcribed 12/22/2003 by David Wilson (Note: this file is RTF, and may only read correctly if read in "WordPad")
JPG transcription, by David Wilson (for a larger version of the above image, suitable for printing, please check here)
Alternate Phonetic transcript by Stevo, 2005
No definite translation has been provided for certain, but, so far, the other 7 translations all relate to "meetings" of some sort, and, seeing as this is a sculpture in a Convention Center, along with the fact that the word "Solomon" appears 3 times, and the Amharic "question mark" symbols appear, I (David Wilson) believe that this text can be related to 1 Kings 10, 1-13 http://www.ethiopianhistory.com/bible/ .
Patrick Thompson's translation
These images are not yet sorted, but all of the images currently available of the Lingua sculpture are available in the following three directories:
Many of the above images can also be seen in a neat "magnifier" format (zoom quickly from thumbnails to medium-size to large images) at:
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