Humans have long been besotted with reflection. Narcissus died for his own, and rare is the individual who finds a mirror resistible. Still waters were the first mirrors. Obsidian mirrors were used around 6,000 bc. More modern metal-coated glass mirrors date to the First Century AD. In modern times mirrors are major components in solar plants, high definition televisions and telescopes. They figure in egghead calculations about time travel. For further intellectual reflection, google Casimir Effect.
Mirror-clad skyscrapers are said to reflect sufficient heat to singe swimmers in a pool and melt their suntan lotion bottles. Even I know that’s too much mirror. Strategically placed mirrors signal news, and fool the brain into thinking an amputated hand remains at wrist’s end. Mirrors accurately measure the distance from Earth to moon within two inches. Nameless millions have melted crayons and plastic soldiers and more than a few ill-fated ants with mirrors held just so.
Mirrors figure in spooky tales and folklore. Who doesn’t know why Barnabas on Dark Shadows had no reflection in the mirror (hanging crookedly with a mike shadow falling across it). I loved that show. If that mirror falls and breaks, it’s seven years bad luck. Mirrors are beautiful as architectural art. Shahram Abbasi follows family tradition and creates fabulously precise mirror art. Check him out on flickr.
Mosaic mirror sun catchers build the spirit and don’t singe. They fool the brain. Sit where reflections fall and you’ll feel better no matter the hard-knock reality of life. They’re cheaper than therapy, and lots prettier.