Once the top levels were removed, the gnomon was carefully inserted and measured and tweaked. Anything wrong here and the time is affected. This sundial counts down the final 5 hours of any day to sunset — as soon as … Continue reading →
And finally on Tuesday 22 Jan at 6.30am, the covers and scaffolding came down. Everyone watched anxiously as heavy metal planks, poles and steps were taken down next to the beautiful glass tiles. But of course the guys were amazing … Continue reading →
Associate Professor David Hodgkinson, Warden of Convocation (which sponsored the work) found it impossible to stop touching the tiles. Dr Greg Marie, Professor Jane Davidson and Cindy Siano from UWA Extension also got a close look.
Even with something as simple as a sundial, at this scale, you want to be sure everything works like the manual says it will.
Early in 2012 Dr Peter Kovesi was working on the design of the ‘moving parts’ of the sundial.
Here is a timelapse movie of the sundial recorded on 20th May 2012. The movie starts (with a picture of me checking the camera) at about 1.15pm, sunset is at 5.25pm. The camera battery ran out at about 1 hour before sunset… It is interesting to see that the gnomon remains visible despite being shaded by foliage at times.
The work began to draw a number of distinguished admirers, including our Senior Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Professor Bill Louden; former Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson was shown around by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens and Dr Peter Kovesi; and even former … Continue reading →
Once all the tiles were laid, edits from the artist worked on (‘Move that tile to the left please… change that orange to gold…’) and each tile careful scraped clean, washed, scraped again, washed and finally, grouted. This translucent grout … Continue reading →
The whole mosaic is put together by carefully assembling a series of pre-fabricated sheets (what is know as the indirect method). The tricky bit here is to make sure the edges align neatly with each other as the backing material … Continue reading →
For this sundial to be accurate, the surface upon which it is built needed to be flat, really flat. The dedicated team spent weeks preparing the surface, sanding down bumps and building it up to a smooth finish.