Sundials | Meridians

Vertical sundials and horizontal sundials

Where science and art meet: Simon and Roland Moroder take commissions for precisely calculated and exquisitely designed sundials for walls, gardens, parks, landscapes and public places.

As brothers growing up in a family of artists, the importance of form, functionality, and colour was instilled in us from an early age. Our hand-crafted sundials, created from iron, brass, marble, or wood, can be seen in a large number of private gardens and parks. We create a wide variety of highly-accurate and exquisitely-crafted sundials, whether vertical, horizontal, equatorial, azimuthal, noon-mark, or globus. Our commissions, which are both functional and beautiful, always begin with two crucial steps: first, a close collaboration to agree the unique design of the artwork, and second, the careful measurement of the chosen surface or location to ensure accuracy. We have, for years, painted our pieces “affresco”, the very same technique Michelangelo used in painting the Sistine Chapel.
You will not only take pleasure in your bespoke sundial because of its decorative value alone, but it is also ‘alive’. You will be able to tell the time and observe how the date lines move throughout the year. Sundials are among mankind’s oldest inventions and have been used for time keeping for over 4000 years. How were humans able to tell the time before clocks were invented? They observed the course of the sun in the sky by using a shadow-casting object, which showed the time of the day. The direction of the shadow cast indicates the time of the day and the length of the cast shadow the signs of the zodiac. On a vertical sundial, the shadow cast is long in spring and summer and short in autumn and winter, thus, the sundial also serves as a calendar. The dial face also shows the winter and summer solstice (21st December-21st July) as well as the equinox (21st March and 23rd September).