The Sundial/Moon and Bow Sculpture

German artist Ottmar Hollmann is most well known for his works in cast alloy. This sculpture called The Sundial (also known as Moon and Bow) was cast in Europe and shipped over to Saudi Arabia to be installed. The surface of this piece is covered entirely with intricate patterns and designs. In the daylight hours, the shadows made by the center spike mark the precise time of day as they move across the two surrounding curved bows upon which the hours of the day are marked. Muslim scientists from centuries ago invented the sundial, among many other useful innovations. Science is one of the major themes of the many works of art of Jeddah and this piece was one of the first to be erected in the city.
Hollman is credited with the design of dozens of works of art for the city of Jeddah, including a series of each of the twelve zodiac signs. Probably Hollman’s most famous monument in Jeddah is the Cosmos, a unique steel and aluminum tribute to the solar system that soars and impressive 36 meters into the sky above an enormous mosaic tiled base that itself is an additional 8.5 meters high – which makes it one of the largest works of art in the world.
Another of Jeddah’s art pieces is visible in the lower right corner of this photo. This one is aptly called The Accident. You can see it more clearly in a previous post.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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7 Responses to The Sundial/Moon and Bow Sculpture

  1. Wim Huijs says:

    I finally found the art work my dad and his 2 brothers created with Ottmar Hollmann.
    Both steel constructions that are the bases for “The Sundial and Cosmos” were fabricated at Staalbouw Gebroeders Huys in Venlo, The Netherlands in the early 80’s.

    Thanks for the great pictures that give me the opportunity to show my family where their work ended up.

    They will be proud.

    • Wow! I am thrilled to receive your comment. I will try to find other Hollmann sculptures that I haven’t published yet – so check back! The information available on the art of Jeddah is very scarce, so thank you for filling it in a little bit.

  2. I agree with dimple. I think the scuplture would stand out more if the vegations are not that tall. still, the sculpture is awesome!

  3. Christy says:

    Question about this specific moon shape – the crescent moon I believe:

    How did the crescent moon come to be so closely connected with Islam?

    Does it have to do with the fact they use a lunar calendar, or is it more related to what this particular shape of moon (crescent) means in their religion?

    For ex.: Do major religious events like the Hajj or Ramadan start or end when there’s a crescent moon?

    Just Curious-

    • The lunar Hijira calendar is what’s used here in KSA, so the beginning of every month is based on the new moon. This means that their year is shorter by just shy of two weeks than the solar Gregorian calendar used by much of the rest of the world. And you are right – both Hajj and Ramadan start with the new moon. Ramadan ends with the crescent moon as well.

  4. Dimple says:

    This is beautiful, but I think the vegetation is taking over!

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