Another Way To Think About The Value of Art

I have just returned from Seattle where I spent a couple of hours in the mind blowing exhibits of Dale Chihuly, the artist who has redefined what is possible in the medium of glass. The permanent exhibition of the Garden and Glass museum is stunning.  As I wandered through it I thought about how inspirational it is to see the “best.” While art, music, and the performing arts often seemed to be scrapped as the economy falters, the one unknown is what kind of impression good art makes in helping our own creativity blossom, and of course the payoffs for that.

Poking my head in the theatre complex I caught the part of the film talking about how a Chihuly exhibit in Jerusalem had attracted over a million Israelis and Palestinians. For what ever their differences the power of the art seemed seemed to set aside those differences for a higher calling.

I remember being in a seminar with Terence Mckenna once in which he was paraphrasing Plato’s observations that truth, beauty and goodness were one in the same.  From Terence’s point of view,  truth and beauty were difficult to determine, but beauty seemed to be apparent . So perhaps art at some cellular level connects with archetypal patterns that are part of  our deeper wisdom.  Sure seems like we could use that today.

I certainly felt better for having been immersed in this display.

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