Located on the campus of the University of Houston, the AA sculpture was created by artist Jim Sanborn in 2004. Sanborn is most famous for his “Kryptos” sculpture at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Composed of lodestone, polished red granite and quartz, “Kryptos” features thousands of letter characters containing encrypted messages. Only a handful of those messages have been cracked.
The AA can be found adjacent to the M.D. Anderson library. AA is composed of portions of poems, novels, and prose from a number of different languages from different parts of the world. Some languages included on the art includes Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. At night, a built-in light projector casts light through the sculpture. This causes the effect of illuminating the sculpture’s text onto the outside of the library’s walls.
This image was created with the Fuji X-T2 and the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Converted to black and white in Tonality CK.