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A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Sundial Adler Planetarium

– photo courtesy of http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jmikeshaw/

What is it about sundials that conjures up feelings of mystery and intrigue.  I can only speculate it has something to do with their ancient dawning so many moons ago (oh yes, puns intended).

This above photo is the, “Man Enters the Cosmos” sundial sculpture created by Henry Moore and is located at (where else?) Sundial Plaza.  Mr. Moore created the sundial in 1980 to commemorate space exploration in the later part of the 20th century.

The framing of the background to our sundial is our utterly gorgeous Chicago skyline.  One on occasion, I counted eight separate wedding parties enjoying the perfectly placed backdrop for their wedding photos.

Let’s take another look at this spectacular sundial:

Chicago Cityscapes And City Views

 – photo courtesy of http://cache2.asset-cache.net

A little FYI about the sculpture itself.  This thirteen-foot tall timepiece is made of bronze, and the style is referred to as a, “bowstring equatorial sundial”.  The name is borrowed from the display of the shadow-casting “timekeeper”, which looks similar to a bowstring.   The shadow of this line projects onto the dial face to indicate the time of day (weather permitting, of course).

Here is a lovely little explanation on how this process works:

“By making marks on the ground at even intervals around an object, one can tell time as the object’s shadow moves in correspondence to the angle of the sun. In Moore’s bronze sculpture, the markings that identify different time points are on the smaller, central crescent. The beam that crosses the large crescent is called a gnomon, or shadow caster. Based on the motion of the sun across the sky and its position against the horizon, the gnomon casts a shadow that falls upon the marks to indicate the time of day.” 

http://www.artic.edu/aic/education/sciarttech/2b2.html

 Here is another angle of this time-teller:

Sundial Adler Planetarium 3

– photo courtesy of portfoliographicdesign.com

So there you have it, folks.  An ancient tool the likes of which appears to stand the test of time!

 

 

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35 thoughts on “The Friday File – Sundials tell all! Well, perhaps just the time………… ;-)

  1. This is a brilliant sculpture, Cher – functional but so graceful and in a really appropriate setting. You must have a grand time fossicking around in Chicago finding all the jewels it offers all over the place. I still can’t get over the fact I never knew Chicago had a river!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it just, Mo? Oh yes, I absolutely have a brilliant time traipsing around Chicago and finding, as you so perfectly stated, “all the jewels it offers all over the place.” I am constantly amazed at this phenomenal city! Haha, well that’s okay, Mo; I think before I came here for the first time, I knew even less than that! 😉 Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Donna! Cher xo

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  2. andy1076 says:

    That sundial is huge! :O

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Just like that lamp you wanted!! ;-P

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      1. andy1076 says:

        I’ll take one of these too pls! 😉

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Haha, oh and you want a sundial, too??? ;-P

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      3. andy1076 says:

        That’s right! gotta decor my backyard you know 😛

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        And no doubt a freezer for COSTCO ICECREAM!! ;-P

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      5. andy1076 says:

        psh that’s already mine! to eat under a giant lamp 😛

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        And the sundial to know when to go and get some more! ;-P Haha OMG I keep picturing you under that huge lamp eating ice cream bars QUICKLY so they don’t melt!

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      7. andy1076 says:

        eh I got a fan on it too, picture that! lol

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        Haha, of course you do, Andy!!!!! 😉

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  3. seeker says:

    So what time is it now? No one will ever be late having this time teller.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah dear seeker! You are correct, my dear! No excuse to be late for the party!!! Cher xo

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      1. seaangel4444 says:

        *biggest grin* 🙂

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  4. Hey Cher,

    I tried to comment a minute ago and it went ‘poof’! Not sure why. If this is a duplicate, my apologies!

    Just wanted to say thanks for this lovely and educational walk through such a beautiful sculpture. I love sundials, too, such functional creativity!!

    Wishing you peace and a wonderful weekend, dear one!

    Allison xoxo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi my dear! No, it’s not a duplicate but if it were, it would be twice as nice! 🙂 Thank you, Allison! It’s just amazing, this city! All kinds of wonderful finds! I love functional creativity, too! My friend in Vancouver is a kitchen and bath designer. He always talks about, “form and function”! And to you, my dear! Thank you! Talk soon! Cher xo

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  5. Joanne says:

    Beautiful captures – I want to visit Chicago NOW!!! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Haha, well everyone that has come to visit us from Canada has LOVED Chicago! It’s spectacular!! Please stay tuned, because I am doing a special post next week and you’ll see even more Chicago landmarks!! cher xo

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      1. Joanne says:

        Ooooo, can’t wait Cher – have a great week-end! Joanne x

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Awh, thanks Joanne! I’ll actually be doing a quick post soon about the upcoming special post!!! And to you as well; thank you! Cher xo

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  6. Don says:

    Fascinating Cher. Not just an incredible instrument, but a sheer work of art.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Don! Truly a functions piece of art, isn’t it? And talk about a perfect location for it!! Cher xo

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  7. I love this “work of art.” It’s “art that works.” Bronze. Must weigh a few tons. It’s really gorgeous. A question came to mind: When we change to daylight savings time and back to standard time, how is this “clock” adjusted? LOL 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Carol! Isn’t it wonderful? Oh yes, I think it does weigh at least a few tons. Your question is an excellent one and I have the answer! It ‘doesn’t’! 🙂 When daylight savings time occurs, the sundial is not able to correct for that, so you have to add an hour to the time indicated! Cher xo

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      1. I kind of thought so, Cher. My question was “tongue in cheek.” But, love to comment with you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Actually it is funny because when I was doing the research for the post, I came across the daylight savings information but didn’t include it! *LOL* That’s how I knew right away! But yes, I always appreciate your comments, Carol! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too, my dear! Thank you! Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, David!!! Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much! It’s a spectacular piece of art and functional, too! Cher xo

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