Meantime in Greenwich
An Augmented Reality Public Art Project – Sir Sandford Fleming Park, Halifax
‘Meantime in Greenwich’ is a public art project consisting of twenty-four sundials installed throughout Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, twenty-four stories about the mysterious nature of time (that can be played on your mp3 player), and twenty-four virtual sculptures that can be accessed through a free iPhone app. The work celebrates Sir Sandford Fleming, the ‘Father of Standard Time’ in the park where Fleming lived and died.
The twenty-four stories can be heard in any order. A map on the app shows each sundial’s location. There is also a printed map available at the park or for download from the website. Using the Augmented Reality browser ‘LAYAR’ embedded in the app, the stories are triggered by the phone’s GPS location next to the appropriate sundial. Pointing your phone’s camera at the icon on the surface of the sundial will show a virtual object on your iPhone screen.
This work was commissioned by the Halifax Regional Municipality as part of celebration of the 100th anniversary of ‘The Dingle’ tower that Sir Sandford Fleming built in 1912 as a commemoration of 150 years of representational government in Nova Scotia.
Writer, Artist, Music
Technical Development, Programmer
Dr. T. A. Clark
Fabrication & Installation
Precision Powder Coating
Halifax Regional Municipality
Brian Thurtell, Eastern Fence
Andrew Stevens, Velocity Machining
Richard Hadley, ACTRA Maritimes
Sandy Graham, NSCAD
Donnie Thompson, NSCAD