Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sundial Rock in the Park

This October I will be instructing students at the Sutherland Campus of Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough Ontario. This will be a five day creative walling workshop where we will be building a large dry stone sundial. This will be a permanent public installation.

Sir Sanford Fleming (January 7, 1827 – July 22, 1915) was a Scottish-born Canadian inventor and engineer who among many other accomplishments introduced the concept of 'time zones' in order to establish worldwide standard time, which he called 'cosmic time'.

I've tried to imagine in this graphic what a primitive megalithic sundial might have looked like. 

Back in stone age times people might have erected these structures in each community in order to know when dinner was (or when The Flintstones would be coming on)

Our sundial will be much more modern looking.  


  1. ". . . much more modern looking." sorry to hear that, I like your mock-up. ah, well, keep us informed (as we know you will.) rock on, good man.

  2. It is brilliant John. For me and many others your design fits perfectly into the idea that much has been lost in the modern world.. This will tell the time from the sun which brings us back to the basic concept. Here is a functional build that will last a wee bit longer than most cars that are being constructed. No doubt the students will be on time for their lectures without the usual excuses.

  3. Thanks Norman. Good point about students being on time. Especially if they climb the structure !