Archive for the digressions category

July 25th, 2007

Goodbye, Fridgehenge

Posted in digressions by Heidi

Fridgehenge, thanks 'spiralingroove' on Flickr

Made from over 100 old refrigerators, Fridgehenge (a.k.a ‘Stonefridge’) was put together at a location near near Santa Fe, New Mexico, and completed around 1996 by artist Adam Horowitz. Recent high winds toppled many of the fridges, and the rest was finally removed in June 2007 by city officials who regarded it as a safety hazard. Unlike other Stonehenge replicas, which mimic the astronomical alignment of the original, Fridgehenge had “atomic alignment” and faced Los Alamos National Laboratories, which visitors could see in the distance.

More images of Fridgehenge on Flickr
Overview of Stonehenge replicas & derivatives
Another overview with directions to replicas in the U.S.

July 23rd, 2007

mottos vol. 2

Posted in digressions, mottos by Heidi

(rainy day post)

As these hors doth pass away so doth the life of men decay
Memento Mori

Disponit tempus dies
Days Make Years

A day may ruin thee improve this hour

Disce tuos numerare dies
Learn to number thy days

Ecce Horn
Behold, the hour of Destiny!

Thus eternity approacheth

Trifle not your time’s short

Festina Lente
Hasten Slowly

Fugit Dies
The day flies on

Hora Fugit Rapide Lethumq Invadit Inermes
The hours guide swiftly, and the unguarded are easily surprised

Fumus et umbra sumus
Smoke and shadows are we

July 20th, 2007

Another giant corporate sundial building

Posted in digressions, Sundials of Note by Heidi

‘Team Disney’ – Corporate offices for Disney, near Orlando, Florida, Arata Isozaki architect. Sundial built into center cylinder, on interior and exterior. More images and sundial details . . .

Team Disney

Team Disney interior

July 1st, 2007

More on obelisks

Posted in artists/projects, digressions, NYC by Heidi

Damian Ortega’s Obelisco Transportable

Ortega - Transportable Obelisk

A 20-foot-tall, narrow, tapering object with a pyramidal top, Dami├ín Ortega’s Obelisco Transportable stands on a grassy platform on wheels, as though it has been uprooted from a previous location and made portable. At Central Park’s 60th street x 5th avenue plaza until October 28, 2007. More info with the Public Art Fund

June 29th, 2007

Modern Wrist & Pocket Sundials

Posted in digressions by Heidi

The following are examples of contemporary portable sundials (Fred Flintstone inspired?)–on the other end of the size spectrum from the Long Island City Sundial:





June 27th, 2007

Environmental Simulation Center

Posted in digressions, NYC by Heidi

A shadow-studies (among other things) non-profit, the Environmental Simulation Center is featured in the July 2 edition of The New Yorker–a great Talk of the Town article considering the effect of shadows from buildings in urban planning.

June 25th, 2007

LIC Sundial exhibit opening, MeatSpace Gallery

Posted in digressions, EVENTS by Heidi

Reception for exhibition of LIC Sundial project drawings at the MeatSpace Gallery on July 21, the Summer Solstice–exhibition open through July 20 by appointment, phone 718 433-4990 or email hn (at) heidineilson (dot) com. Introductory Sundial Walking Tour scheduled for Sunday, July 15th at 2pm, starting at the gallery.

opening reception MeatSpace Gallery 2

opening reception MeatSpace Gallery

June 5th, 2007

mottos vol. 1

Posted in digressions, mottos by Heidi

Sundial mottos, often incorporated directly in their design, usually (and unsurprisingly) evoke the fleeting passage of time, light, etc., and sometimes refer to their own malfunction when the sun is absent. Here are examples from The Book of Old Sundials, OYO, TN Foulis, Ltd., 1922 –more in a future post (perhaps on another rainy day), there are tons.

Let others tell of storms and showers
I’ll only count your sunny hours

Abi Non Moratur Hora Ambula In Luce
(Begone, Time Flies, Walk in Light)

United in time parted in time to be reunited when time shall be no more

Behold and begone about your business

Cursum Peregi
(I have finished my course)

Carpe Diem
Ah, take the cash in hand and waive the Rest

Know Thyself

As Shadow So Man Speedeth

Dies Diem Trudit
(A day May ruin thee)

I fly away even whilst thou watchest me

DOTH – WAIST (sic)

Dum Fugit Umbra Quiesco
(The Shadow moves though I be at rest)

As the sune runs so death comes

I set to rise

May 6th, 2007

Sundial within a sundial revisited

Posted in digressions, eyewitness, Zone08-2 pm by Heidi

Sundial within sundial, 2pm May 6

2:00 on May 6th is marked by a small sundial – which will remain a decent 2 pm landmark for the first week or so of May. Note the about 5-foot shift in shadow location in 4 days – see previous post at the same spot.

The small sundial is adorned by plaques in the cardinal directions:
North: “Brian Watkins Athlete-Hero”
East: “Vincent C. McNeill Surveyor”
South: “Maria Hernandez Housewife-Heroine”
West: “Joseph E. McGrath Educator”
One wonders who these people are and why they were chosen to be honored in such a manner.

April 30th, 2007

Flatland in the 6pm zone

Posted in digressions, eyewitness, Zone12-6 pm by Heidi

gnomon through sculpure center windows

The Sculpture Center‘s current exhibit features Flatland, a performance project in which 6 artists live in a narrow ant-farm like structure suggesting 2-dimensional space.