30 April 2011

Singing: The Armillary In The Garden, Blues

{reNOUNed Nest}
My home and front garden.  My armillary, featured in the center, is pictured here, in good health.

My armillary rusted and broke!  
I was so bummed!  It served a short 3 years and then lopped over and off of it's perch!  Why?  Because I didn't read the fine print and thought I was getting a deal when I bought it!  It was made for the outdoors (supposedly) but the points at which the sphere was joined to the base, water got in and rusted it out from the inside.

{reNOUNed Nest}

I threw away the base but saved the armillary.  It's been relieved of it's former duty and has retired to the back porch with my more casual shabby things.

Now I'm on a quest to find a new one.  The pillar in the garden is sadly, naked.  It needs a new armillary!

Here are a few I've considered

{Court Yard Sundials}
I like this one because it has numbers and can actually function as a sundial but really, how often will I need to tell the time in my garden?  Plus, it's pricey.

This one is appropriately named the "Williamsburg Armillary" because of the pineapple (Williamsburg's symbol of hospitality).  It is sold in Colonial Williamsburg, so I went and took a look.  It is beautiful but too tall for my garden.

{Sculpture Gallery}
This one, called the Greenwich Armillary, is also sold in Williamsburg.  It is really beautiful but too flashy and ornate for my not so flashy, down-home taste.

{Make Me Haute}
This is the one!  Made of all copper, hopefully it will last longer than my last one that was steel painted to look copper.  The price was right and the size perfect!  It also matches our copper, gas lanterns on the house!

Armillary Tutorial:

From Wikipedia:  An armillary sphere (variations are known as spherical astrolabearmilla, or armil) is a model of objects in the sky (in the celestial sphere), consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centred on Earth, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features such as the ecliptic. As such, it differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the star constellations.

Armillaries have been used many centuries ago, as sundials but often the shadows of the interior rings made it difficult to tell accurate time.  Other sundials were developed then and the armillary remained, for a time, the preferred way to observe and track the heavens.

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