“At the root of creativity is an impulse to to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details.”
This week we are challenged to show the little things, the details that make up the whole. Having recently visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle, I thought I’d share some of the details of his amazing creativity.
“Details create the big picture.”
I will admit that I’m not typically drawn to contemporary art, nor to glass, but one cannot help but be amazed at the sculptures Dale Chihuly can create. His creations have been featured in over 200 museums worldwide including The Louvre in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.
“Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.”
Interestingly, if you go to Chihuly’s website the first thing you see in the page about him is his quote “The magic is in the light.” It’s a message that rings true to the photographers and artists among us, but not one I’d have associated with glass-blowing. In hindsight, I would agree that indeed his work is magical in large part because of the way the pieces absorb, reflect and magnify the light.
“Beware of the man who won’t be bothered with details.”
I loved the way Seattle shone through the glass building which featured red and yellow glass flowers (shown in detail in the previous shot).
“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”
The capture above was my favorite piece. The brilliance of the colors, reflected in a mirror below, was amazing. I’ll never think of a rowboat the same way again 😊.
Sometimes when the world around us presents horrors beyond our understanding it helps to take a moment to focus on some of the world’s beauty. Wishing you all a week of peace.