SBS Studio has produced a short segment on Shaun Tan and the Hours to Sunset sundial as part of their Perth Festival Art Breaks series. It’s a great little piece that brings together the early days of the project and the roles of some of the people involved in making it happen — enjoy!
Around the early planning stages of the sundial in 2004, poet and playwright Vivienne Glance was asked to write some words around the work. She’s revisited them and constructed a poem she hopes you might like.
In the hours before sunset
In the hours before sunset, we fill each moment with purpose,
watch shadows fall on passing time, trace rhythms across hour lines.
The sun’s rays play with light and shade as time circles us
and from dawn to our sunset, only your love illuminates the dark beyond.
Listen as time’s rhythm tastes all the seasons.
‘How many hours before sunset?’ you ask and the colours curve their reply–
how many tears,
how many smiles,
how many hands held,
how many sighs?
A sundial’s shadow creeps across the hours
as we gather those we love under the spell of our story.
Dr Vivienne Glance is a West Australian writer and performer who — as ShaunTan is wont to do — is inspired by both the big questions of the day and those small moments within that link us all.
SBS Television dropped in to interview Peter Kovesi and others involved in the sundial’s story.
They’ll also be on campus all weekend to film the celebrations for the UWA Alumni and Friends Weekend. Don’t forget to check back for a link to the video when it’s available.
Experience the story of the sundial’s creation and see it in action, as captured in a beautiful photographic time-lapse clip by Nic Montagu.
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Although the artist has yet to see the completed work, his folks dropped in to give it their stamp of approval. Bing and Christine Tan checked out their son’s artwork, writ large and permanent. General approval all around.