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Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote that “Language is a part of our organism, and no less complicated than it.” Embedded within one’s language – spoken, written, or communicated through gesture or sign – are specific histories, experiences and a unique understanding of the world. San Diego is home to an ethnically and culturally diverse population, where more than 100 languages are spoken. As the point of convergence of so many languages, the airport is an ideal setting to offer original perspectives on language and its influence on culture and modern life. Figure of Speech features sixteen distinct exhibitors whose artwork and collections explore the complexity, history, and beauty of language. Selected by a jury of art professionals, the participants were chosen based on their creativity, unique use of media and relevance to the exhibition theme.