The concept for this design was to create a space on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, that offers a tool for interdisciplinary learning while arousing a sense of wonder for the universe.
Celestial Sundial is a time tracker by day and guide to the stars by night.
This is a sculpture made for public exploration, interaction, and play. Its sundial function is complete only with someone’s active participation. By standing on the face of the sundial, time can be read with an individual’s shadow.
The design makes reference to the earth, sun, and stages of the moon’s cycle. Resin cast globes, located at hour markers, visually reference the waxing and waning stages of the moon.
Powered by the sun, at night the face of the dial softly glows to show a constellation map of the evening sky overhead. This map is dynamic, changing its pattern as the earth continues its rotation around the sun. What becomes illuminated on the sundial face is accurate to what the viewer will see above them throughout the year.