University of Wollongong Solstice Bench art installation

Why this baffling Australian university bench blocked Twitter – because its shadow doesn’t match its shape

  • A Solstice Bench changes shade twice a year at the University of Wollongong
  • The “magic” bench usually shows semicircular cutouts of the rungs in its shadow
  • Twice a year on the summer and winter solstices, the rung shadows appear straight

A “magical” bench has stunned Twitter users for its eerie shadow that changes with the summer and winter solstice.

On Wednesday, University of Wollongong Associate Professor Julie Kiggins shared a photo of the strange Solstice Bench.

The shadow of the bench shows completely straight lines through its seat despite the cutout of a semicircle at each rung.

Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, Julie Kiggins, shared a photo of the university’s Solstice Bench (above) which shows straight shadows despite its curved rungs twice a year at Solstice

Ms Kiggins said the shadow only aligns twice a year with the summer and winter solstices.

The bench is located between building 67 and building 40 on the University of Wollongong campus.

Ms Kiggins’ post received more than 300,000 comments with commenters amazed at the “very specific sundial”.

The Solstice Bench sits between Building 67 and Building 40 on the University of Wollongong campus (above)

The Solstice Bench sits between Building 67 and Building 40 on the University of Wollongong campus (above)

This is what we need to hear about. You should organize visits at the next solstice,” one commenter joked.

‘That’s very cool. I work on this campus a lot and didn’t know the bench,” said another.

“That’s very smart,” wrote another.

Other reviewers have called for the artist of the unique piece to be recognized on a plaque.

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