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.
Level ground, ideally South facing ground – with room for a 6m diameter circle that is free from other shadows at all times.
Swimming pool tiles (frost resistant and in a variety of colours), external grade tile cement, grout, concrete paving slabs of various sizes and shapes
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
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
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
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.