Weekend Words: Bigness

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, "Playing at Giants"
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “Playing at Giants” (1791–92). Oil on canvas, 137 x 104 cm. Museo del Prado, Madrid. (image via Web Gallery of Art)

An exquisite corpse of apposite quotes from the Hyperallergic Weekend Editors.

With the announcement this week that Christo plans to build the world’s largest sculpture, “The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi,” at 492 feet high with a base measuring 984 by 738 feet, Weekend Words turns to bigness:

“It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile, and that a million square miles are almost the same as heaven.”

—E.M. Forster

“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”


“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).”

—Walt Whitman

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