Excavating Babel

Ultimate Loss of Communication - War

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Inside Excavating Babel
If you walk into the spiral, at the centre of Excavating Babel you are cut off from the outside by a wall of words you cannot read. The ultimate failure in commmunication is war; the reduction of homes, lives and civilizations to fragments and dust. The Tower of Babel was built in the ancient city of Babylon. On this important site after the invasion of Iraq, the Americans built a military base where they removed archaeological material to fill the thousands of sandbags that encircled the camp.