As mentioned in connection with the previous photograph - our
"Sunclock" is usually designed with two rings of Hour-markers,
so that it can automatically cope with 'Daylight-saving' changes
with no need to put it forward or back (unlike any normal clock).
However, in some circumstances, it is possible to use only ONE
of these rings - for example, in the case of a 'temporary' outdoor
exhibition which may only last for a few days, weeks, or months.
A 'Human Sundial' can make an ideal visitor-attraction, for these
events - and the first picture, below, illustrates such a layout at
the "Glasgow Garden Festival" (during April to October in 1988).
In this case, the entire exhibition was within the 'British Summer
Time' period, and so only one ring of Hour-markers was needed.
When the Garden Festival finally ended, all of those "Sunclock"
parts were permanently relocated in Carnfunnock Country Park,
with another ring of Hour-markers also being added (for 'G.M.T').
The material used was polished black granite, set into an area of
sand and gravel. Granite can give a very attractive effect, and is
highly resistant to 'wear & tear' caused by traffic - so it makes a
perfect material for locations such as a 'Pedestrian Precinct', etc.
The second photograph shows a 'Date-scale' in polished granite.
If you are curious - that Latin 'inscription' on the above Date-scale
can be translated as "The moving sun shines on you, unmoving".
It means that (while you stand motionless on the Human Sundial),
the sun will be moving round the sky to tell time by your shadow.
For hand-carved layouts in granite (or perhaps slate), we suggest
that you E-mail to Ben Jones - or just contact him via telephone,
for information and prices, on: 01392 252815 (Exeter, Devon, UK).
Please note, however, that he prefers to use Roman numerals for
the 'Hour-markers' - as these are easier (and cheaper), to carve !
Our next picture shows another granite Date-scale - and (as well
as using lettering for each month), it also has 'graphics' relating to
'seasons' of the year. This is at a Junior School, in Brighton (UK).
There are similar 'seasonal theme' layouts, in our mosaic section,
plus photographs of another granite "Sunclock" which is part of a
Space-Shuttle Memorial - featured in our 'professional' category.
Below is another world-famous granite 'Human Sundial' layout,
located at the "Carter Observatory" (Wellington, New Zealand).
For customers in the Southern Hemisphere, please contact our
main 'Distributor' by going to the Sunclocks Australia web-site.
If you might like to have any similar (or larger) layout, then we
would suggest contacting John Mainwaring, on: 01329 285825.
Alternatively, go to his Cornish Landscaping Granite web-site.
He can supply natural or 'shaped' granite parts, in many types
and sizes - a few are shown in the small photographs, below.
However, the easiest (or cheapest!) way to make a 'temporary'
layout, is to just paint it on to the ground - as illustrated in the
photograph, below. This is located in the city of Ston (Croatia),
plus that 'fortified wall' which can be seen in the background is
the longest one in Europe (at 5.5 kilometres, almost 3.5 miles).
They commented on the "Swiss-like accuracy", of this layout !
As well as being used for 'visitor-attractions' at Stately Homes,
"Sunclocks" are often installed at popular Tourist areas - and
the photograph below shows one located at Ayvalik, in Turkey.
This next picture shows a professional granite layout, installed
within a 'public' area - located at Newry, (in Northern Ireland).
Although "Sunclocks" are often made as 'hard landscaping', like
those above - they could equally be set into grassed areas, and
here is one at "Highlands Park", Bingara Gorge (NSW, Australia).
Because it is in the Southern Hemisphere, you might notice that
its 'Hour-markers' are numbered in the anti-clockwise direction !
Because "Sunclocks" are so popular in 'Tourist' locations, they
are often set into any grassed areas at Hotels - and the picture
below shows one located near the famous "Niagara Falls", with
the other photograph being a close-up of its central Date-scale.
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Should you have any questions, then please contact us via our
Response Form - or click on this link to see why "Sunclocks"
have become so popular, when compared with other sundials.
Remember you could also make money with Human Sundials,
so please contact us if you may be interested in generating an
income, from this very unusual 'opportunity'. We suggest that
you telephone us, plus ask to speak direct with Douglas Hunt,
whose sundial plans have been in use world-wide since 1986.
Douglas should then be able to discuss several 'possibilities',
and give some advice suited to your personal circumstances.
Our unique sundial designs are located in numerous different
situations - from Schoolyards, to private gardens and Parks,
as well as courtyard sundials at prestigious "Stately Homes".
"Sunclocks" are very interactive sundials for children - plus
all of our sundial layouts are 'customized', for YOUR location,
so you can be sure that it would show the correct clock time.
These are particularly popular within the Educational Sector,
due to many 'curriculum-wide' aspects, of a Human Sundial !
You could click these links to see why "Sunclocks" are now
often used as school sundials, plus the benefits for teachers
(including 'fund-raising') of these novel sundials for learning.
As garden sundials, there are advantages over the 'pedestal'
type - mainly since our ground-level "Sunclock" cannot be
stolen, plus it does not interfere with grass-cutting of a lawn.
Click here to find why this sundial has become very popular,
when compared with some of the other 'conventional' types.
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