“Through the Eyes of a Child” Aquascape by James Findley

Image courtesy of Arcadia.

This aquascape was commissioned by Arcadia for Aqua 2010. It was created by James Findley. The low-iron aquarium tank, cabinet, substrate system, hardscape, aquatic plants and fish were supplied by The Green Machine. The light was supplied by Arcadia.

For more information about the fascinating inspiration behind this aquascape please see the first image of this aquascape in our Aquatics Gallery.

Commissioned by Arcadia for the AQUA 2010 trade show.

This aquascape by James Findley is entitled ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ because the rocks used were all chosen by his young daughter, Ellen.

It demonstrates the chaos of nature: the beauty of perfect imperfection and the unrivaled ability of the child to appreciate this.

As we age, it is common to lose the ability to appreciate the chaos of nature in the same way: we begin to look for ordered, organised patterns and learn to create symmetrical, structured forms.

James explains that nature is chaotic and imperfect so an organised, ordered aquascape will never truly reflect the perfect imperfection of nature.

Therefore to achieve the best results, James believes that an aquascaper must once again learn to see through the eyes of a child. He planted this tank to demonstrate this and the individuality, originality and beauty of this aquascape are striking.

This scape is currently on display in The Green Machine (October 2010). It is a stunning, refreshing new style of aquascaping that has never been seen before: we are extremely proud to be able to display such a revolutionary and inspirational style of scaping. This aquascape is definitely worth viewing!

More photographs of this stunning art work are available in our gallery.

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