The Solar Clock Of Our Labyrinth

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Our labyrinth located right in the Blanco valley sports a sun clock that we built with a very specific goal in mind.

We have already presented the labyrinth that constitutes an ongoing project taking place somewhere in the Blanco Valley; this is a hobby and an entertaining artistic activity for our exploreres going in and out of that region, and within the labyrinth there are a few structures that aside from their aesthetic or anecdotic value, serve us very well. One of those is a sun clock constructed to let ous know - no matter what - when five o´clock arrives, for that is the mate tea time, a tradition that we gladly enforce among ourselves.


Nailing the numerals on the solar clock´s face with the assistance of a piolet and a stone hammer.
Nailing the numerals on the solar clock´s face with the assistance of a piolet and a stone hammer.

This solar lock was constructed right at the beginning of the labyrinth project, and while it may look a little bit preposterous to work on something that ostensibly appears as a mere decorative detail when there was still so much to do, reality is different: Whenever you work with heavy stones it becomes impossible to carry with you any sort of watch or delicate piece of equipment. If you put something around your wrists or in a pocket and then go to do some stone masonry or engineering work, you will notice that your precious item will not survive an afternoon under such conditions.


The solar clock marking eight o´clock, at noon.
The solar clock marking eight o´clock, at noon.

The pictures here depict us placing the clock´s components by hand while the labyrinth was still in its infancy; many walls were just barely more than contours over the ground, while a few other pircas had already been erected. Since then, the clock that never needs rewinding or rechargin has been giving us the precise time every day we spend there.

Small, conical stones were nailed into the ground conforming Roman numerals (easier to shape in this case than arabic numbers); the task was rather simple but took us a couple of days of work because we had to observe precisely the movement of the sun and the way in which it casts shadows at the austral latitudes where the labyrinth is located.


In some occassions we had to look for stones elsewhere; stones and rocks are plenty where te solar clock is, but no all were adequate for its construction.
In some occassions we had to look for stones elsewhere; stones and rocks are plenty where te solar clock is, but no all were adequate for its construction.

The angular stone used to cast the shadows of time was transported from quite a distance; we had to look for an adequate stone, weighting a couple of dozens of kilogrammes in order to achieve a stable and precise structure.


The labyrinth´s solar clock before sunrise.
The labyrinth´s solar clock before sunrise.



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