symmetry of a sundial

One of the hidden treasures in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this Sundial Garden is off the main path and not so easy to chance upon.

This serene, restful garden was laid out in 1929 by the Director of the Botanic Gardens Eric Holttum. His wife, Ursula Holttum, designed & sculptured the sundial with its enigmatic inscription: “What thou seekest is a shadow”.

A sundial is the earliest known time-keeping device, indicating time of day by the relative position of shadows of an object.

In the realm of art-making, I have long appreciated the importance of shadows and empty spaces. Often, these are just as important, or perhaps more important, than the subjects in focus.

In the growing unrest that is the world gone mad, I find solace in the shadows and the in-between spaces. The places where there might be sliver of light, a seed of hope. That is where you will find me until time heals.

Leaving you with a quote shared by Su at Zimmerbitch:

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.  – Marcus Aurelius-

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Symmetry hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent

7 Replies to “symmetry of a sundial”

  1. I can understand the literal meaning – in Singapore it is so hot, I seek the shade too. I truly loved this garden, but don’t remember the sundial. Thanks for writing about it. And these words you wrote are words I will take with me today:
    “I find solace in the shadows and the in-between spaces. The places where there might be sliver of light, a seed of hope. That is where you will find me until time heals.” Beautiful.

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    1. Your affirmation are a balm for my soul, Amanda – it is always good to hear from you. Thank you for the companionship & understanding.

      I like to think of this corner as my Secret Garden as I am often the only one there when I visit. I am glad to share it with you!

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