#MetKids—Alexandra Talks about Xu Bing's Artwork

A young visitor explores artist Xu Bing's work The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats, part of the exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China.

Hi, my name is Alex and I am eleven years old, and I grew up in New York City.

So this scroll, it looks like Chinese characters, but when you take a closer look, it's actually words that have been put into squares that make it look like Chinese characters. So for example, that right there, that's a "B" and a "Y," which says "by." So that's "I am old with . . ."

I think it's really cool, because you can learn it. And at first it's really hard, but then when you start reading it, it gets easier and easier.

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