Our first Human Sundial

A very different project in many ways. We were commissioned by High Peak Community Arts to work with Caroline Chouler-Tissier and a group of local people with learning difficulties to create the sundial. A human sundial uses the ‘human’ as a gnomon, to cast a shadow onto hour discs set in the ground.

The hours and months were designed and carved by the learning difficulties group and cast as ceramics by Caroline. We made all the hour and month frames and installed the whole thing on site.

The pleasure this work generated for all concerned was remarkable and we now have a follow-up commission to create an arch and bench in another part of the borough – and working with a different group of people. This time, the group will create reliefs in clay (with Caroline’s guidance) and we will cast the reliefs in aluminium, as well as fabricating the arch and bench.

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