Gallery: Trong G. Nguyen Transcribes Classic Novels Onto Grains of Rice

Hung together in a grid, Nguyen transforms the grains into a make shift library of literary greats. The artist first began the project by beginning to transcribe the entire text of Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” on individual grains of rice, and then placing the text rice into a giant hourglass. The words number close to 1.5 million, taking possibly years to complete, so Nguyen decided to do smaller versions while he plugs away at the Proust manuscript.

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