What’s a cost-effective, easy way to enhance the beauty of an architectural marvel? Build a reflecting pool next to it. That will give you double the beauty at only a fraction of the cost. Americans are probably most familiar with the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, which gives anybody standing at the Lincoln Memorial a perfect reflected image of the Washington Monument.
People who have never been to DC might not realize that there’s also a reflection pool for the Capitol Building. It lies to the west of the US Capitol and provides a perfect mirror of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.
These are just two famous examples of reflecting pools – there are dozens of other examples from across the world, such as the gorgeous Al-Andalus or the 9/11 Memorial. Reflecting pools can be an exciting way to experiment with aquatic art because they incorporate manmade art into the natural environment. You could just as easily incorporate elements of a reflecting pool into your private aquascape.
Before we get too far into this, it’s important to point out that reflecting pools work better outside. Reflecting pools only work if there’s light to reflect. You could utilize the surface of your indoor aquarium as a reflecting pool, but that would require unique light arrangements. An outdoor pond, on the other hand, will naturally reflect sunlight in every direction.
This allows you to use your pond or backyard aquascape as a dual art piece. The pond will act as a beautiful scene all on its own, but the pond can also reflect your favorite image. It could mirror a distant mountain, your favorite tree, or the beautiful architecture on the back of your home.
The wonderful thing about reflecting pools is that they act as a blank canvas for whatever is nearby. You can easily install other art pieces in your back yard in order to make maximum use of your pond/reflecting pool. A garden of flowers will cast their colors into the water, and statuesque art pieces will similarly be reflected. Reflecting pools can truly be as flexible as you want them to be.