Sundial

Sundial

Where is it?

Gasworks Park

Location

2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle
WA 98103
USA

About the Artwork

Located in iconic Gas Works Park, Charles Greening's interactive "Sundial" lies on the crest of a large manmade hill with views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline. The work forms a 28-foot circle of multicolored concrete embedded with a cast-bronze sun and moon and shells, ceramic pieces and other found objects. To tell time, the viewer becomes the gnomon—the vertical element of a traditional sundial—by standing on a central oval embellished with an inlaid bronze calendar, astrological signs and references to the natural world. The resulting shadow falls along the perimeter of the work, where a mosaic of hour markers indicates the time of day.
Gift to the city of Seattle from an anonymous donor

Date

1978

Materials

Concrete, aggregate, bronze, misc objects, tile

Dimensions

27'9" DIA

Funding Source

Gift to the city of Seattle from an anonymous donor

Status

Installed

Type

Permanent

ID

GCK78.106

Artist

Charles Greening, Kim Lazare.

Did you know?

The award‑winning design of Gas Works Park was the work of landscape architect Richard Haag. He and Chuck Greening had discussed the possibility of locating a sundial on one of the tallest towers left from the old gasworks plant located at the site. When this idea was deemed impractical, the hill (better known as the "Great Mound") was considered the best alternative site. With funds from an anonymous donor and the expertise of San Francisco gnomonist John Purcell, a sundial was designed and installed by Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare.