It’s easy to take for granted that time, with its hours and seconds, is a natural idea. It’s only when we look back on a past without watches or clocks that we think about other ways of telling time. Eschewing a conventional round dial Andrea Ponsi’s Sun Set Solar Image Wall Clock challenges us re-imagine how we visualize time.
Inspired by ancient sundials and a drawing by Le Corbusier, Ponsi’s goal is to provide a more concrete, naturalistic image of the day’s progression and the calendar’s cycle. In the absence of hour and second hands, the Sun Set Solar Image Clock indicates the hour of day and exact position of the sun with a red dot that travels a curving line representing the sun’s movement across the horizon. The Sun Set’s clock face is constructed from a perforated metal plate engraved with labels indicating months, hours and minutes. Made in Italy in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the clock is assembled by artisans in a Florentine workshop. Once a month the horizon must be manually adjusted to correspond with the appropriate month and twice a year it is necessary to slide a bottom bar to account for Daylight savings time.
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