Friday, 26 September 2008

Clockwork Orange: from seven till five

I spotted this sundial (1930) on one of the walls of an "Art Déco" villa in the town of Sesto Calende, where Lake Maggiore flows into the River Ticino.

9 comments:

Ewa said...

very beautiful piece of design

Virginia said...

It's lovely but I'm puzzled about the numbering. Do you know?

Blognote said...

Thank you, Ewa!!

Thank you for your comments, Virginia!!
The sun throws a shadow from above on the pin you see at the top. The shadow falls down in the area of the roman numbers and changes itd position according the position of the sun in respect of the pin.
The numbers range between 7(VII)AM and 5 (V)PM. After sunset no more shadows to act as a "clock-hand".
In the case of this sundial part of the roof of the house blocks the sun from hitting the pin, which is why you do not see its shadow.

Sherry said...

It's lovely. Nice capture as well and thanks for the extra information!

babooshka said...

I am a big art deco fan and this is very appealing. A for the strange numbering it adds extra interest and yiur explanation is even more intriguing.

Dina said...

So glad your Clockwork Orange is so much more beautiful and benign than the movie. Sundials are fascinating.

Burd Zel Krai said...

Woah! i don't think we have anything this bright and decadent in san fran! what a fantastic shot - i probably never would have stopped by and taken a second look.
it just makes me smile :)

Blognote said...

Thank you, Sherry, Babooshka,Dina and Burd!! Enjoy your sunday!

Olivier said...

superbe ce cadran solaire. Mais il n'est pas a l'heure ;o).
La photo est très belle, avec ces couleurs

this beautiful sundial. But it is not a time ;o).
The picture is very beautiful, with these colors