The echoing wasteland below the sundial which is just crying out for something need weep no more. Plans are afoot and design options are being discussed. Shaun Tan has come up with a few ideas which will complement the fabulous … 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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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 →