A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Juan Osborne’s Word Art [Big Picture]

Everyone knows the well-worn saying about pictures and words. But a Spanish artist has turned that concept on its head with these images which each contain up to 200,000 words of varying lengths, heights and colours.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” we’re sure you’ve heard this expression a million times before, but you probably have not quite ‘seen’ it yet. Juan Osborne is a Spanish architect and designer, that has literally taken this expression and created stunning art with this concept. His amazing compositions are made up of words, literally thousands of words.

Each of the images in Juan Osborne’s gallery is made of up up to 200,000 words of varying lengths, heights and colours. Amateur artist scours speeches, lyrics and books for the words associated with his subjects.

Each picture is painstakingly pieced together on his netbook using software he designed himself. “People are surprised when I tell them that my work is created using a standard netbook and software that I built myself – which is very basic,” he said.

“There are no limits to creativity – if I need something or think of a new way to make something I just create a new application to do it. I feel free without the need for commercial software,” he added.

He starts his process by collecting words from books, speeches, movies and recreates photographs and painting using these words laid out in a way so that they form the picture. Just like with tags on blogs, the more repetition he encounters for each keyword, the bigger it appears in the final composition.

“Words are powerful, they go straight into the human mind and really add something to my pictures that you can’t get from a regular picture taken with a camera. Mine have stories behind them that can be read, which is pretty unique. I’ve made so many now that I’ve got the process down to a tee and can churn out a lot in a short space of time – maybe just a few days each.”

Dear readers, what do you think of  Juan Osborne’s Word Art? Do you like it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and you can find out more about Juan and his art at his personal website, Juan Osborne. [via The Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]

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