NS7255 : Pyramidal Clock sculpture (detail)

near to Ferniegair, South Lanarkshire, Great Britain

Pyramidal Clock sculpture (detail)
Pyramidal Clock sculpture (detail)
For a view of the sculpture as a whole, see NS7255 : Pyramidal Clock sculpture.

This is the base on the southern side. The three sides each bear the text "what time is now time", but it is represented in Braille and in sign-language on the other two sides. Above the text on each side is a ring of twelve figures (on this side, these are mostly the old planetary symbols), with constellations depicted in the space within. The text at the bottom of the sculpture, on this side, reads (between the names of the sculptors):

5547N 425W CAELUM NOCTIS S I.I.MM 00.01G.M.T.

Apart from the latitude and longitude, this line, presumably referring to the star chart within the ring, is to be interpreted as "the night sky, [when looking] south, on January 1st, 2000, at 00:01 GMT". The S (south) is replaced by WNW and ENE on the other two sides; as well as applying to the star charts, it indicates the direction faced by each side of the sculpture.

[In this inscription, the Latin word "caelum" means "sky"; however, it is also the name of a southern constellation, one that is never visible from here: that Latin word "caelum" means "chisel". Just as in English, where the words "cricket" (the sport) and "cricket" (the insect) are spelled and pronounced the same, but are unrelated in origin, the two Latin words "caelum" (for "sky" and for "chisel") are the same in form, but are unrelated.]
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Friday, 23 September, 2005   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 12 January, 2010
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Malcolm Robertson 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 7223 5527 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:46.4297N 4:2.3064W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 7223 5526
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