The Kryptos Project
This is a The Kyptos Project in which we invite anyone to join in the decrypting research of Kryptos. The project is being led by Mike Tate.
The sculpture contains four inscriptions, and although three of them have been cracked, the fourth remains elusive (Read what the first three inscriptions say here
). In 2006 Sanborn let slip that there are clues in the first inscriptions to the last one, and in 2010 he released another clue: the Letters 64-69 NYPVTT in part 4 encode the text BERLIN.
Think you have what it takes to solve it?
The Kryptos Sculpture
Solution to Part 1 | Solution to Part 2 | Solution to Part 3 | Solution to Part 4 | Transcript Analysis
Kryptos is a sculpture located on the grounds of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Installed in 1990 by artist James Sanborn, its 1800 characters contain encrypted messages, of which three have been solved. There is still a fourth section at the bottom consisting of 97 or 98 characters which remains uncracked.
The first section is a poetic phrase, which Sanborn composed himself. The second hints at something buried, and the third section comes from archaeologist Howard Carter’s diary describing the opening of a door in King Tut’s tomb on Nov. 26, 1922.
It’s been 15 years since Sanborn installed the 12-foot-high, verdigrised copper, granite and wood sculpture, and it’s been seven years since anyone made progress at cracking its code. On this page, I’ve provided a transcript of the ciphertext as well as explanations to breaking the first three sections. If you’re interested in the solutions, just follow the links at the top. The first two parts are straight forward enough that nearly anybody with a simple education in cryptography can solve them. The third part is much more advanced, and the fourth part is borderline impossible.
If you’d like to read the translated sections so far, just highlight the different parts:
Part I: Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of iqlusion
Part II: It was totally invisible Hows that possible? They used the Earths magnetic field X
The information was gathered and transmitted undergruund to an unknown location X
Does Langley know about this? They should Its buried out there somewhere X
Who knows the exact location? Only WW This was his last message X
Thirty eight degrees fifty seven minutes six point five seconds north
Seventy seven degrees eight minutes forty four seconds west ID by rows
Part III: Slowly desparatly slowly the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed with trembling hands i made a tiny breach in the upper lefthand corner and then widening the hole a little i inserted the candle and peered in the hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker but presently details of the room within emerged from the mist X
Can you see anythingq
| Hint: Those are not spelling mistakes, that is how it is…
A video from 2005 with Jim Sanborn the creator/sculptor:
What we found interesting was this: