Clocks And Sundials

In the modern world, where Time is measured in atomic clocks of extraordinary accuracy, why make a simple slate clock or something as seemingly unsophisticated as a sundial? Such objects are not there just to mark the hours, but rather tie us to our environment, to the passing day, to geological time, in a way that a digital watch cannot. A clock face carved into a building is a decorative and utilitarian object; it is both functional and beautiful. A sundial reveals the movement of the seasons whilst also revealing a more personal sense of time – each sundial is unique and designed for use in only one place, based on latitude and declination. It is this enmeshing with the slow movement of the heavens’ that makes sundials wondrous and evocative.