Mirror, Mirror On The…Pillar?

This caught my eye. (click to see larger)Many people look in the mirror and don’t like what they see, but how many see a reflection that differs from its real world counterpart?

The citizens of Gyula, Hungary can answer that question for you.

During my recent visit, I saw a strange piece of art that attracted my attention.  I first thought it was a pillar or pole of some kind, but it wasn’t holding anything up.  It was a mirror that formed a complete cylinder, but it was wider at the top than the bottom – just like a fun house mirror.

Naturally, I headed straight for it.  How could I pass up the opportunity to make funny faces and look really tall or fat?  Remember, I hang out in a high school all day.

As I neared it, though, I noticed something strange, it was reflecting something that I couldn’t see.  There was a picture in the middle the mirror.  I looked on the ground, and I just saw some blurry shapes.

Suddenly, I realized it was science.  I don’t know what kind of science, but I’m sure some branch would like to take credit for it.

The ground in front of the mirror. (click to see larger)The shape of the mirror was aligned with the shape of the image on the ground.  The picture didn’t look like much on the sidewalk, but the reflection distorted it so that it became an image of Adam and Eve (I think).  It was like magic.  Much like science, I don’t know what kind of magic it was, but I’m sure some wizard would like to take credit.

I took pictures of it, but they don’t really do it justice.  In my photos, the image on the ground is more visible, and the reflection is less clear.  But, you can’t call me a liar unless you go there and see it for yourself.

This is why I think it’s so exciting to visit other places - you never know what you’ll find.  It was a very impressive piece of art.  Even if you didn’t notice the image, it’s a nice thing to look at.  On the other hand, things like this make you wonder, does your home have some secretive structure that you walk by everyday and never notice?

Don’t forget to look around, you might notice something special.

 The picture and the mirror together. (click to see larger)

Hungarian word of the day:


I can’t write the pronunciation because I can barely say it.  The vowel sounds are all very similar.  I think it’s similar to the “they took ‘er jobs” from South Park.  Anyway, it means “mirror”.  I don’t know the word for magic mirror.