Charles "Chuck" Greening with Kim Lazare
Sundial
1978

LOCATION
Gas Works Park
2101 N Northlake Way

FUNDING SOURCE
Anonymous gift to the city of Seattle


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.