Public Art: Cottesloe Sundial
Architect: © Jeff Considine
Date Unveiled: The building of the sundial commenced
in 1988 and was completed
Location: The Cottesloe Sundial can be
found just south of the Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club, Marine Parade, Cottesloe. Just follow the path
you can't miss it.
Project commenced in 1988
This credit plaque is installed to acknowledge those generous
contibutors for the making of Cottesloe Beach Sundial.
Also, to help accurate time reading , Time-reading instructionis installed on the opposite side of
this plate. Use this example and apply the same method for other times and days.
Le Ombre Di Tempo (Medizone)
Union Astrohli Bresciani
Civic Design Award
Cottesloe Sundial Precinct
and to Dr Tony Hooley
By the joint committee
Royal Institute of Architects (WA Chapter)
Royal Australian Planning Institute (WA Division)
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (WA Committee)
Institution of Engineering Australia (WA Division)
Under the patronage of the Premier of Western Australia
The honourable Richard Court M.L.A.
The design for the Sundial was initiated by an architectural competition for the Town of
Cottesloe, which sought an appropriate monument to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary. The
project was built over a seven year period with extremely limited funds, and relied upon the
generousity and voluntary contributions of many.
The Sundials equatorial form is derived from the sundials in Jaipur, India, createdby the
Maharaja dei Singh in the 18th century. The two engraved dials (shadow plates) allow an accurate
reading of the time to be taken throughout the year.They are separated by a narrow walkway , and
are constructed of limestone blocks capped by pre-cast concrete to give a sharp shadow line.
Unlike the Jaipur sundial the shadow plates on the Cottesloe Sundial are engraved with equation
of time curves. These curves accommodate the 4 degree and 17 second difference in logitude between
the sundial at Cottesloe Beach and the meridian of West Australian Standard Time at Kalgoorlie.
They convert apparent solar time to Western Solar Time.