Here in Scotland, our younger children are expected to have fun creating a range of symmetrical pictures and patterns using a range of media. Immediately the outdoor possibilities of such experiences run riot in my mind where the explorations can be bigger, better and different.
Before mirrors are handed out or put up outside, reflections can be explored and are sources of interest and fascination to children. Do you remember the Greek legend of Echo and Narcissus? At this time of year with daffodils blooming, it’s a seasonal connection as Narcissus became a daffodil when he wasted away looking at his own reflection in a pool of water.
This photo is a bit dark, taken late afternoon in winter, so click on the link above to really enjoy the detail of this public artwork.
Blackpool is also home to the world’s largest glitter ball. 47,000 mirror tiles create dramatic reflective light patterns on the promenade.
Of course, other countries have very interactive reflective sculptures. Look at The Bean in Chicago. It’s official name is “Cloud Gate” and it was designed by British artist Anish Kapoor:
Reflections represent beauty, intrigue, exploration and investigation. After finding out about all the reflective surfaces in your own neighbourhood, a few art activities, indoors or out are a must! Let children reflect on reflections!