2017-01-09 Back to list

It’s Kaunas O’Clock: A Smiling City Symbol

The ever-happy sundial in the Old Town of Kaunas was installed in 1986.

Photo by VU KHF

Kaunas is home to the largest number of sundials in Lithuania. A handful of them have become true symbols of the city, and this particular one could definitely be called the official mood lifter. 

The ever-happy sundial can be found on the wall of Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty of Humanities, Muitinės g. 8. The project of Antanas Balkė, a sculptor, and an architect Ričardas Krištapavičius, an architect, was installed there in 1986. Its design, inspired by gothic shapes, represents a stream of knowledge coming from the university. 

Interestingly enough, the sundial is designed to specifically show the exact time in the city of Kaunas, of all places. This was a silent (and quite secret) protest of the creators against the official “Moscow” time implemented on Soviet-occupied countries. 

IMG 0232 1024x683Photo by Rokas Tenys / Kas Vyksta Kaune 

In 2014, when the faculty was celebrating its 50th birthday, the #kaunastic sundial received a facelift - it’s now smiling in the dark, too. 



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