for quiet contemplation"
shell is cut with the sunpaths for the summer and winter solstices
and this portion is removed. The sun shines on the central pool
and is reflected into the shadow in the underside. Inscribed lines
record the passage of the hours days and years.
Water is pumped
up and down the central stainless tube to create a constant flow
of circular ripples that act as a "kinetic bullseye" image in reflection.
At a larger scale this may incorporate seating.
concept model (design path 1)
In this initial
model a sundial and solar calendar sits on top of a conical mound,
the sides of which form a cascade. The public would be able to walk
up to the sundial (on walkways omitted from this model) to spend
time within the sundial space.
The time may
be measured by tracking the reflection of the central pool across
a scale. Commemorative inscriptions would be written in mirror writing
within the pool, so that they would only be read clearly within
the reflected image itself.
See the "Helios
XXII" project for greater detail of the sundial element.