Powerful images can simply take your breath away, like this one from the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle. I recently visited this extraordinary exhibit of sculptures designed by renowned American glassmaker Dale Chihuly. I took the above photo, just one part of swirling mass of color in a glass ceiling. It’s stunning even in an iPhone image.
Chihuly’s work is displayed around the world in museums, public spaces, private collections and, famously, the Billagio Hotel lobby in Las Vegas.
Words Weren’t Needed
While the exhibit rooms had themes, there weren’t any descriptions of the individual pieces. I always read the tiny cards next to paintings when I visit museums. Maybe I need them to tell me what the painting is about.
But Chihuly’s artistry needs no words. It made me realize – as if I didn’t know it before – that images can be so much more powerful than words. As a professional writer, I live by words and do my best to create visual images. But I’m no Shakespeare:
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek… “Romeo and Juliet”
Words could be used to describe these open petals, but why use words when this beautiful image “says” it so much better.
I’ll close by letting you wander through this dazzling glass sculpture garden. It’s a reminder that when writing, bring your content to life with images. They will grab your readers’ attention and emotions more than a thousand words.