Oscilla (the plural of "oscillum") are round disks of varying sizes ( 6 to 20 inches), that were hung by Greeks and Romans in their courtyards and vinyards to insure a good harvest and good health. Often on one side there would be a representation of Bacchus. Oscilla usually are solid disks, and the first three rows are oscilla of this type, meant to be displayed inside or outside, all made from mirrors of various colors attached to a thin plastic disk.

We have found that Oscilla can be particularly beautiful when separated into rings. The idea is the same: separate thin plastic rings covered with mirrors. Each ring can spin separately, and in the sun can put on a fantastic display of flashing beauty. They can be kept outdoors (don't put them close to anything they could hit while swinging in the wind!), and create a constant show of beauty. Below are pictures of some of these created by Benson. The one on the right side, second row, is a "square" oscilla.


Master Annapolis photographer Don Dement took a number of pictures of various pieces of mirror art, and worked his incredible imagination and artistry to create something new—see the twelve photos below. Click here for a more detailed bio of Don Dement.