Architects and Landscape designers will often include one of our
"Sunclocks", within their own projects - since a Human Sundial
makes an interesting 'interactive' (plus vandal-proof!) feature, for
a 'public access' area - such as Parks, Pedestrian Precincts, etc.
Please note, however, that we only supply our customized
Plans direct to the 'client' who wants a "Sunclock" feature - but
not to any Architects, Landscapers, Builders, or other 'installers',
(and we can only accept payments from the 'clients' themselves,
or from the person who owns the land, where it will be installed).
That is because we shall need to make such 'clients' aware of all
the risks and dangers, which are associated with Human Sundial
layouts - particularly if they are created in any 'public' locations
where there is some potential for a person being hurt or injured,
as well as a significant increase in 'litter' due to their popularity !
Generally speaking, any Architects/Landscapers or Builders will
deliberately NOT tell their clients about these 'negative' aspects
just because they want to be paid twice - firstly for installation,
and then again when people within the area request its removal.
We feel it is morally wrong, not to give clients such information,
because we are an ethical business - and are giving you these
details of possible negative 'consequences', as we would much
prefer to tell customers rather than being dishonest with them !
You can then decide if any 'public' layout is suitable for you, by
having more knowledge of your own local area than ourselves.
If you are unsure whether to proceed, then you are welcome to
telephone us (or one of our distributors) - to request additional
advice, on any particular proposed 'Human Sundial' installation.
"Sunclocks" are often targeted by 'injury fraudsters', who would
try to falsely claim compensation for being hurt by (for example)
'tripping-over' a layout - so we strongly recommend that public
installations be monitored, via CCTV, to avoid such a possibility.
Keep in mind, that some of the "Sunclocks" sited within a public
area, will also tend to become a 'meeting-place' for those people
that you may not want to be gathering there - such as any drug-
addicts (plus their dealers), prostitutes, vagrants, alcoholics, etc.
As a result, there is a potential danger (especially to children), of
injury and/or infection by finding used injection needles - so we
do not recommend using a "Sunclock" for children's play areas,
unless we obtain a written 'legal disclaimer' from its land-owner.
Because 'Human Sundials' are particularly popular with children,
these could also unfortunately attract paedophiles into that area.
For the above reasons, we would not recommend installations in
(for example) any housing developments, or in connection with a
'village green' community area - since the local residents might
NOT be very happy having this 'feature', in their neighbourhood !
Please remember that "Sunclocks" in public areas, will probably
require specific Planning Permission - although this may not be
granted due to various 'objections' (mainly raised by local Police
authorities), for a combination of those reasons indicated above.
We would recommend that you discuss all the 'implications' with
any Community Liaison Officer at the local Police Station, and/or
Planning Officer from the local Council - to seek their approval,
before proceeding with the creation of a public 'Human Sundial'.
That should reduce the possibility of any embarrassing litigation,
since you will obviously not want to be 'sued' in connection with
this - by any persons who think it has "lowered the tone" of the
local area, or even 'de-valued' their own property located near it.
Just imagine the bad publicity you may get, if a local newspaper
ran the article "A 'Human Sundial' will be created in your area to
attract drug addicts, paedophiles, or other undesirable people" !
So please think very carefully, before proceeding with a 'public'
layout - and maybe conduct any simple 'market research', just
to establish if local residents will be happy to have this feature.
There are other risks and dangers in connection with materials.
Most layouts are usually set into the ground, so that these do not
obstruct the movement of pedestrians (or cause any interference
with grass-cutting) - plus allowing vehicles to run over it, as well.
Our first photograph, below, illustrates a slightly different style in
which the "Sunclock" has deliberately been raised above normal
ground level - in order to create an eye-catching platform effect,
whilst also providing a 'bench-type' seating area around its edge.
An Architect incorporated this feature into a 'courtyard', at a new
school in Lafayette (Louisiana, USA) - and the second picture is
a more 'wide-angle' view, showing its position in their courtyard,
plus they are popular as courtyard sundials for "Stately Homes".
That lower photograph is also used in an American school-book.
Although installing the layout at ground-level is easier, and less
expensive, this 'platform' style (with a seating rim) is becoming
increasingly popular - as in our next photograph, which shows
the promenade "Sunclock" at Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, UK.
Here is a closer view of this layout, with the "Sunclock" on top.
Please note, though, that this 'platform' layout eventually had to
be removed - since it was causing too many injuries to people,
who then subsequently sued the land-owner for compensation.
That is why we recommend layouts should be at 'ground-level',
but please contact us if you need advice on a proposed design.
This picture, below, shows another 'platform with a seating rim'
layout - located at the Mount View Elementary School, Seattle.
Just bear in mind that anyone (such as a young child) could get
hurt, if they accidentally trip and fall off the platform's edge - so
we would not recommend using this style in a School location !
If an Architect wishes to include this 'platform' style in a School
situation, then we shall require written approval from their local
"Educational Authority" - confirming that they acknowledge all
of the possible 'risks and dangers' involved, with such a layout.
Maybe slightly more suitable for the grounds of a School, would
be a low platform - with some 'stadium-type' seating at the edge.
This style is illustrated in the picture, below - plus it is becoming
very popular, in what is known as the "outdoor classroom" area.
Teachers could then use this feature as a 'mini amphitheatre', for
various school activities such as story-telling, drama events, etc.
It also makes a perfect gathering-point, for any 'fire alarm' drills !
However (as outlined above), there is potential for injury on any
"Sunclock" layout which is 'raised', above normal ground-level.
In such a case we would need specific written permission, from
those 'clients', before releasing the set of Layout Plans to them,
(especially if being installed on an area with 'hard-landscaping').
Even for 'ground-level' installations, which are made using hard
materials (such as concrete or mosaic) - we might still request
a 'disclaimer' letter from Schools, to say they know of the risks,
but are still happy to create this interactive educational feature.
Please note that any such letter must be an original document,
from the 'client', and not just (for example) a photo-copy or fax.
They have sometimes even been used as an unusual 'memorial',
or as conversation-pieces to increase a property's selling value !
For example, below is a picture of the "Space-Shuttle Memorial"
(Racine, Wisconsin) - plus which is dedicated to the memory of
Laurel Clark, one of the astronauts who tragically lost their lives
when the Columbia broke-up during 're-entry', in February 2003.
The second photograph, below it, is a close-up view showing its
granite Date-scale. Note how it has two different types of stone,
to distinguish the months of Standard time and Daylight-saving.
Another section of our 'Picture Gallery', illustrates some further
nice examples of using granite to make these Human Sundials.
Please note that its 'official' name of this layout is actually "The
Doctor Laurel Blair Salton Clark Memorial Plaza" - though many
people will just refer to it as the Laurel Clark Memorial. As well
as our "Sunclock", this also contains a central fountain - plus a
large ground-level 'graphic', showing the constellation "Orion",
which was Laurel's favourite group of stars in a night-time sky.
Whether a layout is set in grass, or perhaps a 'hard-landscaped'
area - we suggest making some contrast between its Standard
and Daylight-saving parts, using any different colour or texture.
In a similar way to the "Space-Shuttle Memorial", the following
photograph very clearly illustrates that 'contrasting' technique.
It shows the layout outside the Library, at Lauderdale Lakes in
Florida - and note how those months of April to October have
the same colour as the inner ring, (for 'Daylight-Saving' Time).
All of the other months match its outer ring, ('Standard' Time).
The layout, shown above, was created by artist George Gadson.
For more details, go to George's own website - or contact him
via telephone, on: (+) 954 822 5425 - in Tamarac, Florida, USA.
This photograph (below) shows its position outside that Library
after a 'gravelled' area had been added, around the "Sunclock".
Here is another professional "Sunclock" layout, which has also
included daytime 'sun-rays', plus night-time 'stars'. It is located
within a public sea-front area at Prestatyn (northern Wales, UK).
'Ground-level' installations are obviously easier (plus cheaper)
to make, compared with a 'platform' style, shown above - and
may be more suitable for any location using hard-landscaping,
since it can allow vehicles to run over that "Sunclock", as well
as avoiding the potential 'risks' of some people being injured !
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Should you have any questions, then please contact us via our
Response Form - or click on this link to see why "Sunclocks"
have become so popular, when compared with other sundials.
Remember you could also make money with Human Sundials,
so please contact us if you may be interested in generating an
income, from this very unusual 'opportunity'. We suggest that
you telephone us, plus ask to speak direct with Douglas Hunt,
whose sundial plans have been in use world-wide since 1986.
Douglas should then be able to discuss several 'possibilities',
and give some advice suited to your personal circumstances.
Our unique sundial designs are located in numerous different
situations - from Schoolyards, to private gardens and Parks,
as well as courtyard sundials at prestigious "Stately Homes".
"Sunclocks" are very interactive sundials for children - plus
all of our sundial layouts are 'customized', for YOUR location,
so you can be sure that it would show the correct clock time.
These are particularly popular within the Educational Sector,
due to many 'curriculum-wide' aspects, of a Human Sundial !
You could click these links to see why "Sunclocks" are now
often used as school sundials, plus the benefits for teachers
(including 'fund-raising') of these novel sundials for learning.
As garden sundials, there are advantages over the 'pedestal'
type - mainly since our ground-level "Sunclock" cannot be
stolen, plus it does not interfere with grass-cutting of a lawn.
Click here to find why this sundial has become very popular,
when compared with some of the other 'conventional' types.
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