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Time for Art


Come walk around our garden sundial, where the praying mantis tells time by casting a shadow on the numbered paving stones. He’s in a garden because that’s where this very beneficial insect likes to hang out . . . eating flies and mosquitoes. We are all about time . . . our business is clocks (find us at www.lumichron.com). Plus we like to garden. So a garden sundial seemed perfect for ArtPrize. Romence Gardens and Greenhouses (www.romencegardens.com) provided the gorgeous blooming flowerboxes and planters. A praying mantis sculpture works for a gnomon because its position is about exactly 42.96 degrees . . . the angle the gnomon must be to tell the correct time in Grand Rapids, Michigan (our latitude). Located at the Gerald R Ford Federal Building, just north of Calder Plaza.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 24'
  • Medium: plants, wood, & metal
  • Width: 24'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 15'


Artist: Ian Macartney; gardener: Karen Macartney. Sponsored by Lumichron Commercial Clocks and Romence Gardens and Greenhouses.