Wednesday, August 12, 2009
As human beings, we are naturally attracted to our own reflections. Often times when we pass by a reflective object or environment, whether it's a mirror, a storefront window, a pond, a silver bangle, or a puddle of rain water, we pause to catch a glimpse of ourselves. While some may say this is an act of vanity (whereas prolonged periods of staring at one's own reflections would border line as narcissistic), me thinks it's also a kind of curiosity fulfillment, plus a little bit of self-loving. Perhaps that's why mirror is such a popular medium for art installations/ large-scale sculptures in public spaces - passers-by and tourists alike all enjoy seeing (or sometimes "finding") themselves in the reflective surfaces of these giant art objects.
Pleasantville moment in front of The Bean at Chicago's Millenium Park.