Reflections is not only what we see on the outside, when we see our reflection in the water or in a mirror, but how we see ourselves on the inside. When we look at ourselves, what do we portray to others? Are we transparent? Can others really see who we truly are, what we are about and what matters? What do we want to reflect to the world? Time distinguishes what we see on the outside yet, inner beauty is what glows brighter every time we light our lamp. This is our spiritual reflection, our true beauty. These children, in their youth, see their beautiful reflections in the water and are intrigued by their own image. As Sri Ramakrishna once said, ” you will be like a lotus opening in the rays of the morning sun”. Meaning, that the lotus doesn’t ask, “where are the bees?” The bees are looking for the lotus. Inwardly, we are all looking for this beauty. For the love that grows with time. The love we find in the second half of life. This is the reflection I want to be seen and understood.
An architectural note: This plaza provides a sense of being. A place where we can all have fun without a care in the world but just being children. Architecture is not just about buildings but it is creating space and harmony. Here the people become the structure that supports how this plaza shall be used. We are the temple!