Sundial created for Perritts Park by a local primary School & community.

Human sundials

Sundial created for a Bloor Homes development with two local primary schools.A Human Sundial allows you to become part of the machinery telling the time. It consists of two arcs of numbers set into the ground (British summer and winter time) and a set of months. By standing on the current month your shadow falls onto the time.

Mosaic is the perfect medium to use to create a human sundial. Eye catching, durable and involving a whole school or group in it’s creation. It can include extra decorative elements to link to a celebration or locality, and for schools can link to the National Curriculum.

Project requirements:

Level ground, ideally South facing ground – with room for a 6m diameter circle that is free from other shadows at all times.

Materials:

Swimming pool tiles (frost resistant and in a variety of colours), external grade tile cement, grout, concrete paving slabs of various sizes and shapes

Installation:

We will need a sunny day to plot first the North/South line and then East/West, then we plot the numbers and finally the months! The mosaics are on standard concrete paving slabs, laid as any normal slab

Links to the National Curriculum

Sundial created for a Bloor Homes development with two local primary schools.

Mathematics – each sundial is unique and is plotted using a series of calculations, for example the distance between the numbers and the central area are plotted out using an X-Y grid

History – the story of sundials and how different cultures in history measured time

Geography – longitude & latitude & how Earth relates to the Sun

English – the different names for each part of the sundial such as the Gnomon which describes the object or person that creates the shadow

Art & Design – mosaic as a medium, and the sundial itself can be used to express a subject, event or celebration

Sundial created for a Bloor Homes development with two local primary schools.IT – using computers and the web to work out the calculations and find examples of sun dials across the world

Science – how a sundial works, and other ways of measuring time not involving the sun

Physical Education – you have to place yourself within the sundial for it to work and then you could measure your shadow and see how its length varies throughout the day

Completed projects:

Sundial created for Perritts Park by a local primary School & community.Community of Perretts Park – involved children from three schools, a youth club and under 5’s play scheme.

Brading Roman Villa – working with the museum and three local schools to create a sundial for the museum grounds.

Keysham Mencap – working with a summer holiday scheme for Mencap and placed in Keysham Memorial Park.

Bristol Kite Festival 20th anniversary – involved school pupils from Hillcrest Primary School and placed in grounds of Ashton Court.

Bloor Homes – working with two local schools near Bridgewater for their new housing development

Holburne Museum of Art – Brunel Anniversary project to work with pupils from Twerton Infant School to create a sundial for a school in Bath.

Alvaston Park Friends & St. Martins School – Working with the school to create a Human Sundial project for the adjacent park.