The Trust which owns the Pillar is embarking on the restoration of the Dial faces which show Apparent Solar Time to within 30 seconds, a great tribute to the trainee stonemasons, our astronomer Gordon Taylor, letter carver Caroline Webb, and architect AD Mason of Whitfield Partners.
Supported by the Heritage of London Trust, Firmdale Hotels and Shaftesbury Capital, the work involves removing the crumbling blue paint, sealing and repainting. The most intricate part, being carried out by Kevin Ruggeri is restoring the gold leaf on the hour lines, the gold dishes and on the orb at the top which represents the Sun.
We attach images:
1. David Bieda Trust chairman and Kevin Ruggeri gilder standing by the carved inscription the HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
2. Kevin Ruggeri working on the first stage removing the blue paint on one of the six dial faces.
3. The cherry picker with Kevin working.
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David Bieda Trust chairman and Kevin Ruggeri gilder standing by the carved inscription the HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Seven Dials Sundial Pillar Works - The cherry picker with Kevin working.
The foundations of the Sundial Pillar, an ingenious solution in the case the sewers burst, created by our structural engineer Roger Howard of Hockley & Dawson.
Read more about the Sundial Pillar here:https://www.sevendials.com/the-sundial-pillar