The time of measurements and stories
In 1911 the introduction of “universal time" adjusted to Greenwich mean time ensured the conversion of local solar time into a division of the planet into time zones. When travelling from east to west it became natural to "loose" or "gain" a few hours. The time difference is generally measured in terms of the fatigue that it causes. The sundial which once determined time with figures, today conserves the more abstract and poetical virtue of indicating the planet’s movement, time fluctuations and its relationship with our daily rhythms, and to prompt thinking on the history of such measurements.

The style (sticker) of vertical dials is always parallel to the axis of the poles. It gives us an image around which our real world rotates. It is also fair to imagine that this axis casts its shadow over us.
The fact that it is sealed in the wall also places the site considered central to the reading of time and therefore the planet.
The maxim, a usual feature of dials in France, emphasises how the hour shadow has triggered a philosophically and morally detached vision of the world. I see here a narrative quality today, the imprint of short stories hung on the facades of buildings, the fact that the measurement of time, history and short stories are closely interlinked.

This ternary link between the time line, the painted or engraved background and the maxim is the most accomplished model of sundials.