Sara Gothard

Library of Babel, 2016-17

- FOR

Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Library


  1. - DATE

2016-17


- URL

Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collections Online


This commissioned triptych now hangs in the children’s reading room of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library and belongs to the BPL’s permanent collection.

Library of Babel, 2017; watercolor and acrylic (38"x55") – I used Jorge Luis Borges' short story and meditation on the infinite possibilities of language, titled "The Library of Babel," as inspiration. Depicted are readers, influential and anonymous, from many whens and wheres, gathered together in one library reading room, framed by scripts from a variety of ancient language.

Library of Babel (unframed detail)

Library of Babel (center panel detail)

Library of Babel (left panel detail)

Library of Babel (left panel detail)

Library of Babel (right panel detail)

Library of Babel (right panel detail)