This sculpture is made out of monkeys. Well, the word “monkey”—in
a dozen different languages.

Xu Bing’s “Monkeys Grasp for the Moon” is based on a Chinese
fable of the same name, where monkeys link arms and tails to try to capture the
moon. In Bing’s piece (permanently installed at our @freersackler) a range of
languages from around the world come together, suspended across three floors of
the museum.