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Can You Figure Out This Language Puzzle?

Artist Xu Bing's writing might look indecipherable at first glance, but take a second look.

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Artist Xu Bing has been a successful printmaker and sculptor for years, but he's especially known for his invention of an art form/visual puzzle hybrid called "Square Word Calligraphy."

Xu Bing / Penguin Young Readers

Bing writes English words in the style of Chinese characters — seemingly indecipherable to Chinese and English speakers alike, but legible with a closer look.


The book is technically for kids but, honestly, it took me longer than I'd like to admit to figure it out. Your turn:

For more information on Xu Bing and Look! What Do You See? click here.

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