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Drawing - Pearl Park Scriptures, Lao Tsu
  • Pearl Park Scriptures, Lao Tsu
    Verostko, Roman, born 1929
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Pearl Park Scriptures, Lao Tsu

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Verostko, Roman, born 1929 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink plotter drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given anonymously

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR85

Roman Verostko (born 1929 USA) was one of the earliest artists experimenting with algorithmic art - work created using an algorithm or set of instructions written by the artist - and has been a key figure in its development. He was a member of the ‘The Algorists’, a term coined in 1995 to describe a set of artists, who, since the 1960s and 1970s, had been working with a shared interest in the use of bespoke software for generating art using the computer.

Verostko developed his own software to control a pen plotter, a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movement. The glyphs on the right of this image were created using a computer code that attributed a glyph, or written symbol, to each letter of the alphabet. Translated, the text is a quotation from a Chinese classic text the Tao Te Ching, which reads ‘So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one the other - that height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; that musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another’ (Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu, translated by J. Legge, Sacred Books of the East, Vol 39, [1891] ). Both the drawing and the glyphs were drawn using the pen plotter.

Physical description

Blue and green pen and ink plotter drawing on paper, with two columns of glyphs on the right.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


2005 (made)


Verostko, Roman, born 1929 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink plotter drawing


Height: 50.6 cm, Width: 76.0 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink plotter drawing on paper, 'Pearl Park Scriptures, Lao Tsu', by Roman Verostko, 2005.


Paper (fiber product); Coloured ink


Plotter drawing; Computer-generated


Computer Art; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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