When these words appeared hidden on the dust jacket of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, speculation to their meaning led people to a place few would dare to tread, CIA headquarters. In 1990, then director William Webster (WW) commissioned new artwork to beautify the grounds of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Called Kryptos after the Greek word for "hidden," the theme of his sculpture is "intelligence gathering." Working with then Chairman of the CIA Cryptographic Center Ed Scheidt, the artist created cryptographic systems in the sculpture that no one has yet been able to completely break. Of the four panles, the now infamous last panel, remains unbroken.
Located in the northwest corner of the New Headquarters Building courtyard, the main sculpture resembles a screen divided into four parts and covered in encrypted text. This replica is an accurate scale model of the original main sculpture.Now you can match wits with the legions of code-breakers who have thus failed to crack all four panels. Best part is you don't need a security clearance to get near it.
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6x10. Made of nickel silver which darkens naturally with age.