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Sackler Gallery, sculpture
25-MAY-2008

Sackler Gallery, sculpture

Titled "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon," this fascinating sculpture -- suspended from the sky-lit atrium down to the 3rd-level reflecting pool -- is composed of 21 laminated wood pieces, with each forming the word "monkey" in a dozen different languages. Based on a Chinese folktale, the monkeys linked arms and tails to form a chain to reach down to the pool below to capture the shimmering moon, only to discover it was a reflection. Moral: We often waste much time on futile goals. (from gallery Web site)

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