Archive for December, 2007

December 24th, 2007

Noon – Silvercup Studios – building front

Posted in eyewitness, Zone06-Noon by Heidi

24 Dec noon

24 Dec noon

This is the shadow length and position on the 24th of December at noon–ALMOST the longest the shadow gets at noon (the longest on the solstice, 3 days ago). Top image looking south, lower image looking north at the Silvercup Studios building.

December 18th, 2007

Noon – Silvercup Studios

Posted in eyewitness, Zone06-Noon by Heidi

From mid-December through mid-January, the shadow at noon falls on Silvercup Studios and the parking lot in front of it.

Originally the home of the Gordon Bakery Company, the facility manufactured about 30% of the baked goods consumed in New York City c. 1940-50-60. Facing some major financial issues, the bakery closed in 1975. The building was purchased as an industrial rehab in 1979 and converted to film studios—where the t.v. shows The Sopranos, Sex & the City, 30 Rock have been filmed as well as numerous movies.

Silvercup Studios-gnomon

Image: Queensborough Bridge at left, gnomon to the right, looking South. The sundial shadow indicating noon (when the sun is out—unlike in this snow-day example) falls on the far side of the building.

December 14th, 2007

NYNYNY Panorama at Flux Factory

Posted in artists/projects, EVENTS, NYC by Heidi

NYNYNY So nice we named it thrice
Opens today at Flux Factory [through January 2008]
Reception Friday December 14 , 7pm

From the press release:

“New York, New York, New York is an interactive, multimedia installation. It is a continuation of Flux Factory’s interest in urban landscapes and takes inspiration from the Panorama, Robert Moses’ scale model of New York City in the Queens Museum of Art. Members of the Flux Factory art collective will work in collaboration with over 100 artists from all five boroughs and around the world to re-imagine the public and private spaces of New York.

Each artist will contribute a building, a landmark, a street, an avenue, a block, a park, a neighborhood, an expressway, a bridge, an island, an airport—one or several elements of the urban environment. All of these individual works will be combined to produce a cohesive yet chaotic installation, a multimedia, scale-model of the city. Instead of being an exact replica to scale of the city of New York, this project offers a mental map, a replica of an imaginary New York. The goal of the show is to explore the architectural and conceptual elements of everyday space. It is an investigation into the collective unconscious of the cultural capital of the planet: The sum of all of New York’s potential exposed in a great experiment in psychogeography.”

NYNYNY installation

LIC Sundial model installed in Queens-panorama-area…and other installation views around NYNYNY:

NYNYNY Panorama at Flux Factory

After Tomorrow – in the lower Manhattan financial district by Momoyo Torimitsu

NYNYNY Panorama at Flux Factory

Cretaceous under Brooklyn (note to self to find artist name and piece title)

NYNYNY Panorama at Flux Factory

The Brooklyn Bridge with the Brooklyn Bridge

December 13th, 2007

Winter Self-Guided Tour

Posted in tour by Heidi

New – Winter-focused tour – as printable PDF

winter tour graphic

December 9th, 2007

Martian Sundial

martian sundial

More info:

Athena Rovers – Marsdial

Interview with Bill Nye, Science Guy

December 6th, 2007

December 6 – 12:15

Posted in eyewitness, Zone06-Noon by Heidi

LIC Sundial shadow tip falls on the curving elevated Queensborough Bridge on/off-ramps and elevated roadways, and partly on the parking lot situated underneath.

12:15 December 6

The elevated 7 train passes through the sundial shadow.

7 train 12:15 December 6

December 4th, 2007


Posted in digressions, planetaria by Heidi

The Pantheon, Greek for “all gods” is a building in Rome which was originally built (about 125AD) as a temple to the seven gods of the seven planets in the state religion of Ancient Rome. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Christian church.

The vaulted dome is said to symbolize the heavens and some speculate the symbolism may be more literal than previously realized-read this great Walter Murch interview on BldgBlog. [further info on BldgBlog,]

Interior of the Pantheon, a painting by Giovanni Paolo Panini