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Ogden Point Revisited

The adventure is over.


It’s like putting training wheels on a bicycle – after I’ve learned to ride.

But that’s a selfish thought.  I do recognize that so many more folk can experience ‘the point’ now, so I applaud the change.

Ogden Point Breakwater  had planned the renovation for some time, so it wasn’t a surprise.

It certainly wasn’t a surprise that it’s more relaxed now.

And it shouldn’t have been a surprise that it’s more crowded, but I was taken aback by the number of baby strollers & dog walkers just walking along super slowly.  I couldn’t travel at my usual brisk pace! It was more like Government Street in the summer.

Thankfully there is access to the lower steps… That’s where I find the adventure now.  Pay attention to your footing or you may twist an ankle, slip into a crevice, or end up in the drink.

Watching the scuba divers enter the water, & the fisher folk doing their thing is also pretty cool.  But even cooler is watching a public art gallery in development….

Overall, I’m still happy, AND more people can experience the adventure – at whichever fear factor they choose.  What’s your call?

© SVSeekins and Garden Variety Life, 2013

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Human Sundial

Sundial at BC's Government House
photo by SVSeekins

Sundials are pretty in a garden & all, but do they actually work?  How accurate are they?  And honestly – what’s the point?

Interactive Sundial 1/4
photo by Barbara Hansen

The other day I happened across an interactive sundial.

Interactive Sundial 2/4
photo by SVSeekins

It’s enormous – – spanning a broad intersection of pathways at the Ogden Point Breakwater.  The interaction occurs when a person stands in one particular spot on the giant clock.  From that spot, a shadow is cast across the clock.  The numbers around the edge identify the time.

Interactive Sundial 3/4
photo by SVSeekins

Yup, it works!  And go figure – throughout the year it keeps time, varying 15 minutes at the most.

Now I can time my walks along the breakwater, start to finish, without looking at my watch.

It’s fun & functional public art.   🙂

(Kudos go out to the BC Capital Commission,  the Victoria Harbour Authority, and artist Andrei Golovkine for getting this BC 150 Legacy Project done.)

© copyright 2013 SVSeekins

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  • Ogden Point before the handrails
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