Archive for February, 2008

February 28th, 2008

Le Mont Solaire

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

Le Mont Solaire

In September of 2006 (date may be inexact) the French army installed 600 one meter square reflective panels in the shape of Roman numerals on the sands of Mont Saint-Michel, a small rocky island off the coast of Normandy. The island’s 150-foot abbey spire cast a shadow three quarters of a mile long that swept across the numerals. Wow.  Video of the installation, a thorough blog post in English, and the website for the project, in French.

February 21st, 2008

Wall Sundials

Posted in digressions by Heidi

A great collection of photographs of painted wall sundials from around the world.

wall sundial

wall sundial

February 18th, 2008

Noon February 16th

Posted in eyewitness, Zone06-Noon by Heidi

noon February 16th

noon February 16th

February 11th, 2008

Stained Glass Sundials

Posted in artists/projects, digressions by Heidi

The oldest stained glass sundial, made in the far south of Germany in 1529. Now resides in the Alder Planetarium and Museum in Chicago. For further info: a huge archive of stained glass sundials through history.

stained glass sundial

February 7th, 2008

Agnes Denes

Posted in artists/projects by Heidi

From “One of the early pioneers of both the environmental art movement and Conceptual art, Agnes Denes brings her wide ranging interests in the physical and social sciences, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, poetry and music to her delicate drawings, books and monumental artworks around the globe.”

She has used sundials directly in her work at least twice, listed below, and alluded to sundial-timekeeping ideas lots of times throughout her work.

“Circle of Megaliths with Sundial,” Commissioned by the International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals, a 10,000 acre wildlife preserve and research center in Columbus, Ohio. (in process)

“The Human Argument in Steel & Crystal with Sundial,” University City Science Center, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia, Penn. (finalist)

Agnes Denes

Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule – 11,000 Trees – 11,000 People – 400 Years, Finland, planted in 1996. A massive earthwork and artificial mountain, this land reclamation project involved planting 11,000 trees in an intricate mathematical pattern derived from a combination of the golden section and a sunflower/pineapple pattern designed by the artist. More on this project here. More on Agnes Denes at the site and widely on the www.