It has been quite a journey, but now the magnificent Centenary sundial has been enhanced with a sculpture garden at its base. More than a year after the project first began to take shape, it is complete with a cluster … Continue reading →
Someone pointed out that we’d missed the Winter Solstice, and wondered if the Sundial still agreed with Mother Nature. So we asked around, and it turns out that someone did indeed go down and check it out on 21st June … Continue reading →
Despite having one of the warmest summers on record, the weather gods decided to give us a preview of winter on the night of the public launch of the Hours to Sunset sundial. This was the first time Shaun had … Continue reading →
An unexpected pleasure of this sundial is using words we don’t often get to drop into daily speech, like vernal, autumnal, celestial and equinox. Such musical words… On Wednesday 20 March, the shadow of the gnomon fell exactly where it … Continue reading →
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.
Of course things wouldn’t be quite right without a couple of plaques to thank everyone who helped. You can also see that the surrounding area is getting a bit of a makeover — a couple of small trees were relocated … Continue reading →