Archive for January, 2008

January 31st, 2008

9:40 January 31

Posted in eyewitness, Zone03-9 am by Heidi

Shadow stretches over 13th street to low rooftops.

9:40 31 Jan

9:40 31 Jan

January 27th, 2008

3:30 January 27

Posted in eyewitness, Zone09-3 pm by Heidi

Shadow tip lands in front yard of Newcomers High School on 28th Street and 41st Ave.

3:30 Jan 27th

3:30 Jan 27th

January 24th, 2008

Montjuïc Telecommunications Tower

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

Santiago Calatrava, architect, sculptor. (also see Turtle Bridge)
Barcelona, Spain, 1991

Calatrava’s original 130 meter communications tower was built for Telefónica in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site, to carry coverage of the Games. Aside from its distinctive structural form, the tower is innovative in enclosing the circular platform of microwave dishes. The overall form of the tower is based on a Calatrava sketch of a kneeling figure making an offering. The base on which the figure ‘kneels’ is covered in broken glazed tiles in recognition of Gaudi (though with more restrained colors). The orientation of the tower means that the shadow of the central needle on the circular platform acts as a sundial. (reference here)

Communications tower

January 17th, 2008


Posted in memorial, Sundials of Note by Heidi

The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, KY.

The names of 1,103 Kentuckians lost in the war are engraved into the plaza, including 23 missing in action. Each name is placed so that the tip of the shadow touches the name on the anniversary of the person’s death.

Kentucky Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial

January 13th, 2008

Astronomical clock of Besancon

Posted in digressions, planetaria by Heidi

A huge public clock installed in the European town cathedral in 1860. Much more about it here.

Astronomical clockof Besancon (detail)

January 8th, 2008

2:40 January 8

Posted in eyewitness, Zone08-2 pm by Heidi

Shadow crosses Queensborough Plaza elevated train stop (7 & N/W) and lands on the low flat building roofs at the corner of Cresent and Queensborough Plaza North. Photos from the train platform, looking south and north.

2:40 Jan 8

2:40 Jan 8

January 2nd, 2008

‘Asteroid Landed Softly’ sundial

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

Kazuo Matsubayashi created this large public sculpture in 1993 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For complete info on symbolism and reading the sundial, check this site.

Asteroid Landed Softly

Asteroid Landed Softly arial view