Mirror Images

January 29th, 2011

Anish Kapoor has installed four large sky mirror sculptures in Hyde Park, and my favorite is the dark red one. Even on an overcast day promising rain, the mirror captured the distant passing moods of the clouds. Several people were there when I was, all of us angling to catch the fleeting images as they flowed over the polished mirror. At first it seemed blank, but the closer you looked, more was revealed. For some reason, it reminded me of the mirror in Tennyson’s poem about “The Lady of Shalott” and spurred me to go tomorrow to the Tate to see the Waterhouse painting (one of my favorites) based on the poem. How lucky I feel to be in a city where I can bow down in front of beauty every day.

3 Responses to “Mirror Images”

  1. Laurie says:

    Hi, Nikki–As long as you are going to the Tate, you might want to check out the William Blake room if you never have. I was blown away by it many years ago and I would assume it’s still just as mysterious as ever. I remember a pitch-black room except for the illuminated paintings in glass. “Ghost of a Flea” and “The Tyger” and other drawings from Songs of Innocence and Experience pretty much took the top of my head off. I felt as if Mr. Blake was in the room with me.

  2. nikki says:

    I did that today! But they’re displayed differently now–still major mind-blowing though!

  3. Edythe says:

    …the girl in the Waterhouse painting looks like a hippe hick from the 60’s… I love it…

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