Monday, May 4, 2009

Kryptos Kryptos Kryptos Kryptos... and KRYPTOS

Why all caps? That's the first question. Use that difference to sort the vowels and consonants.
The next impression is of four sections, which is a representation of dimensions, height, width, length, depth. All things a sculptor has to deeply think about prior and during assembly. Take into account the compass and lodestone, you've got someone interested in Time, another dimension, which means movement. Thus the wave shape of the thing, speaking of which you look closely at ww and it's not just a couple letters but a waveform, so the implication in that statement is to look at energy, light, etc. Given the punchouts, and the curves, can we expect the dimensions to give rise to sight lines that we need to be aware of? Perhaps. Maybe it gives the reader pause about direction of reading, left to right, vice versa, and reading from the other side?
What is buried at the coordinates? How about the punched out letters? The artist has obviously studied petrified woods. This probably came about because of his study of copper itself. Given the Greek name of the sculpture, and please note with art, the naming of a thing is so symbolic, this symbolism must run through every part of this art, we can assume that because of the choice to use Copper the artist looked into the name of Curprous and traced that element back, and in so reading, discovered the process of petrifaction (petrification?) invovles the element of copper, as does sealing up lumber today to create a "treated" wood. Thus the elements of the periodic table can play into the symbology. The number of Cu is 29, and the number of letters in this hidden puzzle, are 97 (Au... gold). What things are hidden along with the copper letters and the gold coin that is your prize for digging? Words. When you dig you will find only another cypher 4 times the amount of work you have completed already, made up of the punchouts. Good luck with it all. Some things are better left buried.


  1. the letter K is a baseball term for Strikeout and that is a term for removing a letter, as in punching it out of metal, and also a term for redacting a word or passage. the missing letter K refers back to the material of the artwork or to another baseball term, such as a Home Run.

  2. The names of the solutions are K1, K2, K3 and K4... surprisingly there are only 4 letter K's in the earlier solutions... three of them are used in the root word "know" and the fourth appears in the word "Flicker". The letter K also appears in the word Tutankahmen; the K is in fact a fulcrum of the word Tutankahmen, some people pronouncing it on either side of the syllables.

  3. Discovered that Dylan Thomas' first stanza of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night matches the necessary length of the K4, off by one letter which seems pertinent also. I then discovered a memoriam for Dylan Thomas by Stravinsky that is based on 'Musick to heare' a Shakespeare Sonnet 8, by that name. Is Sanborn leading us to a further suggestions that music is involved in the cypher? Judging by critical analysis of Stravinsky's method in this piece of music, there are many mathematical similarities to crytography. I also would not be surprised to find that Sanborn took his creation into the realm of music, especially classical music, because that adds a whole extra layer of elegance to this. In fact, I would suggest it is elegance that Stravinksy was after in the design of his 'Musick to heare'. -Ronyak 3-18-11