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Solstice Wall – Now Complete

February 17, 2024

By: Lee LeFever

I write books and run a company called Common Craft. I recently moved from Seattle to a rural island. Here, I write about online business, book publishing, modern home construction, and occasionally, dumb jokes.

This article was published as an issue of my newsletter Ready for Rain

The Solstice Wall project is now complete. It all started nearly three years ago, when we marked a shadow’s position on our wall in 15-minute increments, as the sun set.

Since then, we’ve gathered tools and materials, brainstormed, debated, and experimented. There was no instruction manual. We had to figure it out and that problem-solving was part of the fun.

People see it as a kind of sundial. And the design is based on the sun’s movement and position. But because it’s based on a single day, the summer solstice, it’s more like a clock that’s only correct once per year.

I don’t consider it a clock or sundial. To me, it’s an installation that uses a single day of the sun’s movement as a template. It documents a natural rhythm.

I want the Solstice Wall to stand on its own, with no explanation required. I hope everyone who sees it feels a connection to the rhythm, even if they don’t know the idea behind it.

I’m sharing this process on social media. Follow along!

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