Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Museum Campus: Adler Planetarium [Sundial "Man Enters the Cosmos" - by Henry Moore]

Sundial "Man Enters the Cosmos"
Sculptor: Sir Henry Moore ..
Installed: 1980..
Description: Bronze, H 13 ft.
Location: Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Entry Plaza Solidarity (Achsah Bond) Dr., Museum Campus ...
Commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Monument Fund, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus..

Sir Henry Moore’s sundial is both functional and visually appropriate to its location in front of the Adler Planetarium. A thin rod of bronze, supported by two intersecting bronze semicircles, marks the time of day by casting a shadow on the ground. The semicircular elements, joined at right angles and bisected by the rod, evoke the form of a hemisphere tilted on its axis. The sculpture’s golden patina and the subtitle, Man Enters the Cosmos, refer to the great expansion of human knowledge of the universe that occurred during the “golden years of astronomy,” 1930 – 80.

As it's located at a beautiful spot, with Chicago skyline in the background, it's a favourite spot for photography ...

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