These are thumbnails - the photos are much more interesting if you click on them!
Difference in sun altitude at around 13.30 on 7/3 and 29/6.
|Gnomon shadow length comparison - early in light season (10.00) and just after summer solstice (13.45)||Long shadow from bell tower early in season is too diffuse to interfere with reading the dial.|
|Another way of telling the approximate time from a distance is the sides of the stainless steel base - they shine like a beacon when the sun is directly at the four compass bearings! - midnight (first pic), noon (second and third)|
|Solar midnight on 16/6, 5 days before summer solstice||(Black and white) Same date, taking turns to take photos with this tourist from Stockholm at 01:00|
|Solfest 8 March 2004 Singing at the 'old hospital steps' - the sun didn't come back after its first appearance the day before||Sun Festival (Solfest) cake, 8 March 2003|
|Return of the sun|
|7/3 12.41 Waiting at the 'old hospital steps' - will it return a day early due to the leap year?||7/3 12.48 Yes, it did! Here is the scene which is depicted on the line drawing above the date on the dial plate||7/3 13.10 A very quick race to the sundial for Tony to make the final adjustments.|
|The Inauguration - 6 March 2004|
|Ready for the unveiling. Jan Terje covering the exposed pylons with snow (we had to wait for shingle until the piles thawed and it was possible to put a spade into it!)||Champagne and snacks provided by Store Norske and Solfestuka committee (the dip was getting quite hard by the end of the ceremony)||The fresh roses we were given, wrapped carefully to avoid freezing||'Put down your weapons and put your hands up!' - a megaphone was the only practical way of being heard. A good crowd considering competition with two polar bears who decided to visit town down at the harbour|
|Installation - 5 March 2004|
|We couldn't have done without Trygve and Jøran who helped us overcome several difficulties such as re-boring holes in the stone||The leveling process took a while!
Tony shows signs of frustration
|Birthday cake, 2003!|
|7/10 My birthday cake last year in England (from Ronnie & Co, made by the skilled Cheryll Fuller)||The gnomon on this cake casting a shadow - only suitable for the North Pole!||7/10 I was reluctant to cut into such a painstaking effort!|
|Trying out ideas|
(and cardboard or ply models) for bases that came before the final one
||Fiddling around with the dial 'furniture' (motto, EOT chart etc), finding the best spots for it||Using Photoshop to get an idea of what the final product might look like||Back to the drawing board - I found the initial design work was much better achieved the old fashioned way|
|May, 2003, 12 am - trying out the very basic initial prototype Tony emailed to me, with the help of compass and spirit level||Clouds reflected in the shiny base plate||Tourist from Czech Republic trying to get a shot from above||National Day May 17 - with Bjørn Fjukstad, Sysselmann Odd Olsen Ingerør, Anne Lise Sandvik|
|If you catch the snowflakes and glaciers from a certain angle, they gleam white, as was intended||10/3 The polar bear looking very at home on one of the rare times there was no wind to blow the snow away! There is a brush for these occasions||June, 2004 - evidence of the ground thawing - the ground was level with the base plate before the thaw - just as well the three wooden pylons are there to keep the dial level||Dial from above|