Archive for April, 2008

April 28th, 2008

McDonald’s sundial billboard

Posted in digressions by Heidi

Chicago, summer of 2006 :

Designed by ad agency Leo Burnett with the input of an engineer, the billboard features a real sundial whose shadow falls on a different breakfast item each hour until noon, when the shadow of the McDonald’s arches are dead center. The billboard, which went up near the intersection of Clark and Addison on Friday, is the latest in a campaign aimed at urging Chicagoans to turn to McDonald’s for breakfast.


April 24th, 2008

9:50 April 24th

Posted in eyewitness, Zone03-9 am by Heidi

Looking toward the elevated 7 train, toward the gnomon, on 44th drive.

9:50 April 24th

April 22nd, 2008

Dubai’s skyscraper sundial

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

TIMEPLACE Tower, Dubai: 35 storeys, 158m + 40m sundial

Timeplace incorporates a huge sundial on top of the skyscraper so that the sundial’s shadow falls across the building’s cylindrical shape, allowing the time to be seen from miles away and from everywhere within the Marina.

Timeplace tower, Dubai

Timeplace tower, Dubai

April 18th, 2008

10:50 April 16

Posted in eyewitness, Zone04-10 am by Heidi

10:50 April 16

April 6th, 2008

Coral Castle

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

Edward Leedskalin moved to Florida in around 1919 and proceeded to single-handedly build a massive coral monument, which is now a tourist attraction known as Coral Castle (and which has a sundial within it). No one knows exactly how he managed quarrying, moving and sculpting over 1000 tons of coral by himself–when asked, Leedskalin gave vauge and cryptic answers. He wrote a few pamplets, some of which described his theories on magnetism, such as how electricity can be stored in a magnetic loop for months (here’s the “code” to some of these ideas).

Coral castle

(thanks to flickr mad short chick for image)