The Planet Of Romance & Dublin Time in O Diamond Diamond, thou little knowest what thou hast done in Unit 3&4 Joyce Street part of Five Lamps Arts Festival.
19th - 28th April 2012.

The Planet of Romance

The Planet of Romance is inspired by astronomical plates used to show images of the Sun or Moon or other Celestial Bodies. The original image was sourced from 'The Story of the Heavens' written by Sir Robert S Ball in 1885. In 1874 Ball was appointed Royal Astronomer of Ireland and was appointed to Dunsink Observatory. The paper circle used to mimic a transit over a Body is a cutting from a found original copy of Horatio Hornblower. Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester. He must have used the knowledge of Celestial Astronomy to traverse the World he lived or sailed in. As a celestial body transits another like the forthcoming Transit of Venus over the Sun, Hornblower transits the Seas and the Globe. I am interested in the Romance of Travel and knowledge and expansion.

Dublin Time

This exhibition has evolved from researching the history and happenings in Dunsink Observatory discovered in Of Time & Space. How can one measure, and tell the time, when it is a indifferent sun which is further away, which we live by. In the period 1870-1916 Dunsink Observatory read and measured the sun and stars to deliver the correct true time of Ireland. The 1880 Definition of Time Act set the official time in Ireland to be Dublin mean time. Dunsink time is mentioned five times in James Joyce's novel, Ulysses.
This was changed in 1916 to GMT, when the Country was maybe too busy to notice the change. Science tells us one thing and Trade sells us another.

I used a average Clock with the fabricated sign similar to signs used in Observatories around the World. The clock was set to 25 minutes before GMT to denote Dublin or Dunsink Time.
pic taken by Annie King