Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Turning the clock back on the K&A Canal

A new working sundial calibrated to ‘Widcombe Time’ next to the canal towpath near the Horseshoe Walk end of the Widcombe Flight in Bath will commemorate the Kennet & Avon Canal's 200th Anniversary. The sundial commissioned Bath & North East Somerset Council is the creation of local artist Alun Dun.

As part of the art project Alan visited Widcombe Junior School near the canal in Bath last week. He talked to pupils about the history of sundials and how he created the piece for the canal. Alan and canal museum archivist, Elaine Kirby also worked with pupils to explore the history of the canal and the people who worked on it. During the day the children created their own working sundials, which will be on show at the unveiling of the canal-side sundial on Saturday 30 October.  

Artist Alan Dun, canal museum archivist Elaine Kirby and art project manager Kate Orchard worked with Widcombe Junior School pupils on a canal history and sundial project. Pictures by Bob Naylor

Sarah Brice of British Waterways said, “It’s great to see that local children are getting involved with the celebrations to mark the Kennet & Avon Canal’s bicentenary. The canal is a great local resource and offers a link to the area’s past as well as being something for everyone to enjoy today.”

Alan said, “It’s a great pleasure to be able to work on the project and help celebrate this often overlooked corner of Bath. The Kennet & Avon Canal is a green route through the city and a showcase of industrial heritage. I hope that the piece I am creating will be a welcome addition to the towpath and help people appreciate the canal now and in the future.”

Previous story about the K&A 200th anniversary sundial at: Planners OK canalside art

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