Lingua (sculpture)

The Lingua is a sculpture by American artist Jim Sanborn located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Lingua in Washington DC.


Lingua is composed of two 16' tall cylinders, with text cut with a water jet cutter in Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Ethiopian, French, Spanish, Latin, Greek, and Iroquois.[1] The texts are historical texts from as far back as 1400 BC.[2]

The Russian-language section is a quote from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel War and Peace (Volume 3, Part 1, beginning of chapter XXII).


  1. ^ "Jim Sanborn: Sculptor, Photographer, Artist". Elonka. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  2. ^ "Walter E. Washington Convention Center Art Collection". Washington Convention Center Authority. 2009-09-06. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-20.

Coordinates: 38°54′13.29″N 77°1′24.35″W / 38.9036917°N 77.0234306°W / 38.9036917; -77.0234306