Hailey Small is a writer and student working towards a B.A. in English and History at Asbury University. She is based in Wilmore, Kentucky, but is currently spending the semester in Paris studying art and history. Her creative writing is especially focused on the physical environment, especially how environments affect people. In her free time, Hailey enjoys exploring Wilmore, listening to Phoebe Bridgers, and eating peanut butter by the spoonful.
I turn the corner and am jolted by fluid splashes of color, original blues, greens, and oranges, not their recreated versions. Then I hear myself sigh, easing from the city into this quiet space.
When Monet designed the Water Lilies galleries in Le Musée de l’Orangerie, he specified that they should be experienced in silence. Viewers should whisper, step softly. It’s a space set apart—a cathedral built in reverence for the absence of sound.