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Joy Nagy is building a wall...A wall of words, translated words into over twenty languages,
from a portion of Emma Lazarus' poem,
"The New Colossus, 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door'

Transcribed onto fragile sheets of porcelain clay, these words echo our tenuous times. Nagy's inspiration:
thoughts of her grandmother's immigration to America, wondering who might have translated Emma Lazarus'
poem to her as her passenger ship entered New York harbor. This is an ongoing project,
the following languages have been transcribed onto porcelain pages.

                        arabic                                                                bulgarian                                                           chinese
                        creole                                                                   danish                                                             german
                         greek                                                                   hebrew                                                             hindi
                      hungarian                                                              italian                                                          japanese
                       korean                                                                    polish                                                             spanish