Einstein Sundial

Installation #7 of the Art around Roswell exhibit is a sundail but not the typical garden decoration that we have seen so many times before!  This is a high-tech stainless-steel structure which includes Einstein’s explanation of photoelectric effect and how it explains the way the sundial works.

Set in Don White Park along the Chattahoochee River, the shining legs display a disk with Einstein’s face and the famous E=mc² equation on it.  The face is actually the dial of the sundial and there are numbers around it so you can tell what time it is.  I’m not sure the volleyball players pay it any attention but, this is an interesting piece if you look at it closely.

Frequent partners,  artist Mary Ruden and metallurgist Robert Benfield team up their artistic and scientific talents to produce artworks that are also educational.

Artist’s Comments

The Einstein Sundial we created shows the Photoelectric Effect Law, a Nobel Prize winning breakthrough for Albert Einstein’s work with light as a quantum package of energy or photons. It consists of a portrait of Einstein hand engraved into aluminum metal, and visual elements representing his discovery. The rainbow colors painted in the sculpture represent light spread into a spectrum of frequencies. We feel this piece offers educational value and is a point of interest to viewers as they may observe it as it marks time. In order to tell solar time, it should be facing due south and at a latitude common to North Carolina or Tennessee.

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Einstein Sundial
by Mary Ruden & Robert Benfield
Stainless steel, aluminum, steel, glass

Sculpture #7
Art around Roswell exhibit
Don White Park (near volleyball courts)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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