Participating Artists:

at Carkeek Park:
Anette Lusher
April Lelia
Thendara Kida Gee
Chris Papa
Barbara De Pirro
Gabriel Brown
Aaron Haba
Brian Gerich
Miguel Edwards
By Hand Fiber Consortium
Reginald Brooks
Stephen Rock
Zucker, Turner, Jacobson
Julie Lindell
Matt Babcock

at Point Shilshole Beach:
David Francis
Dan Smith
Sylwia Tur
Eden Rivers
Teresa Burrelsman

Sponsored by:

Center on Contemporary Art
Carkeek Park Advisory Council
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Associated Recreational Council

Supported by:

4Culture Site Specific
Seattle Mayor's Office of
Arts & Cultural Affairs

Potter Construction

Site 16: Matt Babcock
Seattle, Washington

Local Time

In the modern world, our days are governed by precise measurement of time. This comes at the expense of a broader perspective which places our lives in the context of natural cycles. Our measurements, and often our experience, of time are largely disconnected from the apparent motion of the sun, which varies from season to season and place to place. Local Time is a reminder of time measured by the sun, and of how a more natural experience of time depends on our location -- where we are on Earth, and where the Earth is in space.

Local Time is a sundial comprising a gnomon on a pole and two lines inscribed on the ground. When the gnomon's shadow crosses the straight line, the sun is due south and the time is local apparent noon, or mid-day as it was understood before the invention of mechanical clocks and time zones. When the center of the shadow crosses the curved line, the time is noon Pacific Standard Time and 1:00 Pacific Daylight Savings Time. The layout of the lines is specific to the exact latitude and longitude of the installation as well as the topography of the site.

As summer gives way to fall, the sun moves lower in the sky and the point where the shadow crosses each line moves from south to north. Marks on the lines indicate the points where the shadow crosses the lines on the first day of each month (July through December). The marks link the sundial with the calendar and show how Standard Time (clock time) varies with respect to local apparent time (solar time) over the course of the year.

Around noon, the skewed shape of the gnomon casts a shadow which is more or less circular, depending on the season, with crosshairs at its center. What you see depends on where you stand and when you look.