“This is Vigenere’s Tableau. The decoded parts that haven’t been decoded is this bottom line here, and it’s partially covered up with a— by a piece of stone at the CIA, so it’s harder to see, and it was also harder to photograph. So that also delayed the dissemination of the image so that people could crack it.”
– Jim Sanborn
Transcript of Hirshhorn Museum Public Speaking 9/23/2005
transcribed anonymously and verified for KryptosRevisited.com
The only phantom reflection in the whirlpool is at an angle that reveals the twisting K3 cipher text on the copperplate. All other perceptions are obscured by rock, which is far more tempting than the uninteresting, unobstructed view where the key lies.