Time for Reflection

The beginning of the year is always a time for reflection—for seeing the bigger picture and looking ahead. In uncertain times, there’s a particular comfort to be found in looking at the wonders of the natural world. Such things put our own day-to-day (and often pressing) concerns into real perspective!

Intriguing thinking, award-winning design
As an engineer, I am fascinated by the solar system and solar time. Thinking on this has led me to construct precision sundials, which has become a passion—a passion that I have found is shared by many people who are intrigued by sundials and how they work as well as by their sculptural beauty.

They certainly seem to have caught the imagination of people across the UK. Three National Trust for Scotland gardens invited me to display a sundial in 2010 (at Inverewe in Ross-shire, Greenbank in Glasgow, and Priorwood in Melrose), and I exhibited in London and in the RHS garden at Wisley, Surrey. Currently I am showing in the winter sculpture exhibition at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, and in the spring I am very pleased my work will be at The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire.

The sundials have been seen by many thousands of people. People are genuinely interested in their combination of sculptural form with precision engineering—Solar Time I winning praise in the British Sundial Society’s 2010 awards, where it won a top prize in the professional category.

Timely thinking …
I hope you will enjoy the enclosed cards. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you would like to know more about sundials and this creative form of time sculpture—I am always delighted to help. You might find that the macmillanhunter.co.uk website is also useful.

May I wish you the very best of times in the year ahead.

Yours sincerely

Alastair Hunte