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The Magic Word
  • Rusty Leffel
    born 1948
    born: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • The Magic Word, 2011
  • Where object was made: United States
  • inkjet print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 122 x 191 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 4 13/16 x 7 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 216 x 280 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of David H. Weinglass and Marilyn Carbonell in Honor of Stephen Goddard
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0043

This is an image of the Main Library, Brooklyn. There are curved steps in the bottom left corner of the image. A woman is sitting on the bottom step with her legs crossed, looking at her phone. Against the wall of the building are stone benches on which two pairs of people are sitting and talking. Above these people is a quote carved into the building’s wall: “Here are enshrined the longing of great hearts and noble things that tower above the tide. The magic word that winged wonder starts the garnered wisdom that has never died.”