Even in 1971, surely this creation couldn’t have been the largest sundial in the world? Created by Elwyn Hawthorn and Dr. Guy Hamilton, it was the showpiece for the opening of the Dianella Plaza shopping centre. It’s still there, although now sadly relegated to behind the Supa (N) IGA. I have a personal connection with this event. Mum and dad both had sculpture pieces in the centre for the Plaza opening in August 1971 as part of a competition. Dad’s won, and was kept on display. A few years later it was apparently dumped in the pond out the front. A correspondent who didn’t seem to give a name, pointed me to these wonderful shots on State Library archive. Some awesome shots, well worth a search and scroll for fashion, architecture and style. The shorts! The socks! The carrots for 5c!
Searching for Messrs Hawthorn and Hamilton, I also came across this marvellous piece from the Sydney Morning Herald which covers it for some reason. Has many wonderful worsts on the page, including Penfolds Sweet Sherry for 95c, a two stone cat and the fight for late night trading in Melbourne 1971. All in all, the sundial is actually not bad, even now. Stacks up well against the Smiths’ hideous version down at the waterfront, which may be bigger, but may also be world’s shittiest sundial. Another search for Elwyn Hawthorn is even more intriguing, turning up this from a UK art online site, saying Kalgoorlie 1962. Once again, that’s not bad either. The same Elwyn? Who knows? How many are there? The same one who also wrote Atheism for Survival? Whoa.
Wait, the painter is him. He’s got stuff everywhere. Pretty amazing dude really.