Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Gastown Steam Clock by Sunhillow Gastown Steam Clock by Sunhillow
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Info from wiki:

Gastown's most famous (though nowhere near oldest) landmark is its steam-powered clock, located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. Built to cover a steam grate, part of Vancouver's distributed steam-heating system, the clock was built as a way to harness the steam and to prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather. Its original design was faulty and it had to be powered by electricity after a breakdown. The steam mechanism was completely restored with the financial support of local businesses as it had become a major tourist attraction, and is promoted as a heritage feature although it is of modern invention. The steam used is low pressure downtown-wide steam heating network (from a plant adjacent to the Georgia Viaduct) that powers a miniature steam engine in its base, in turn driving a chain lift. The chain lift moves steel balls upward, where they are unloaded and roll to a descending chain. The weight of the balls on the descending chain drives a conventional pendulum clock escapement, geared to the hands on the four faces. The steam also powers the clock's sound production as whistles are used instead of bells to produce the Westminster "chime" and to signal the time.

Although they are often styled to appear as 19th-century antiques, steam clocks are a more recent phenomenon inspired by the Gastown steam clock built by Saunders in 1977. One exception is the steam clock built in the 19th century by Birmingham engineer John Inshaw to demonstrate the versatility of steam power.

Raymond Saunders' first steam clock was built in 1977 as a tourist attraction for the renovated Gastown district of Vancouver. Although the clock is now owned by the City of Vancouver, funding for the project was provided by contributions from local merchants, property owners, and private donors. Incorporating a steam engine and electric motors, the clock displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with a whistle chime that plays the Westminster Quarters.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconaveragephotographer:
AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
Reply
:iconthanksthatisenough:
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Excellent shot :)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! :iconilikeitplz:
Reply
:iconthanksthatisenough:
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
My pleasure for sure.
Reply
:icondxt85:
Dxt85 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Great work!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :iconilikeitplz:
Reply
:icondxt85:
Dxt85 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Welcome!
Reply
:iconsap8:
sap8 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Thats so cool *w*
Love the light & smoke :)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you! :iconiloveitplz:
Reply
:iconsap8:
sap8 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
No problem :)
Reply
:iconafraid-yourenext:
Afraid-YoureNext Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
This is so cool! I'm a big fan of this, well done!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :D
Reply
:iconmoviegirl78:
moviegirl78 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Hi there! :wave:

This image has been featured in my latest news article which you can find here.

Please be sure to fave the article to help yourself and the other featured artists get seen and to check out all the other wonderful art that has been featured :D :huggle:
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much! :iconspongebobyayplz:
Reply
:iconmoviegirl78:
moviegirl78 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
No problems at all - it's a wonderful piece! :D :huggle:
Reply
:iconcolourful-sky:
Colourful-Sky Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
OMG evil clock. hahaha that is s col. Reminds me of something though.
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha what does it remind you of? :meow:
Reply
:iconcolourful-sky:
Colourful-Sky Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Kngdom Hearts 2 twilight city at nght. cuz the main place in twilight city you hang is these clocks.

This pic looks a bit evil which I like. :)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ah cool :D
and thank you for the support !
Reply
:iconadamefski:
adameFski Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Beautifull!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :meow:
Reply
:iconartbyasmith:
ArtByASmith Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot, it looks magical! :love:
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
Reply
:iconhunterrodrigez:
HunterRodrigez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is so much movement and speed in that picture but it also kinda seems to be frozen in time at the same time... does this makes any sense ??
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha yep. I'm grateful that no people or cars went by and made it look empty :meow:
Reply
:iconhunterrodrigez:
HunterRodrigez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah i hate it when people run trough my pictures when iam working with exposure time of 20-30 seconds

"oh you take pictures here i dindt see that"

"oh yeah a dslr on a huge tripod is very easy to miss-.-" ^^
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha i hate it when people do that, "I'm sorry, am I in your way?" and I'm standing there and my camera is on the tripod and I sarcastically say, "Oh no, I'm just standing here and enjoying the cold weather" :XD:
Reply
:iconhunterrodrigez:
HunterRodrigez Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah we should get a ghetto blaster with our voices recorded shouting loud "IAM TAKING PHOTOS HERE DONT COME CLOSE AND DONT TALK TO ME"

good thing photos have no sound ^^
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
aha I just listen to my tunes. i have pretty large Sony headphones so it's very rare people will approach me. dont need a ghetto blaster but get a megaphone :XD:
Reply
:iconhunterrodrigez:
HunterRodrigez Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i only have sennheiser in ear headphones i hear nothing of the stuff going up around me but people dont see that

a sign maybe do the job as well
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
a sign with LED lights :D
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconwurdalack:
Wurdalack Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shot!!!!!!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
Reply
:iconc0smic6:
c0smic6 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow I love the angle how it follows the steam through the top of the frame, and the I loved reading the background info on the clock, thanks for sharing this:)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: and thank for the support :boogie:
Reply
:iconcorwe:
Corwe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
expressive one
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
Reply
:iconskullknockade:
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student
Steam clock? That's so cool...
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
it is(!) :meow:
Reply
:icongeraldii:
GeraldII Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Love this little bit of history, I never new. Really a splendid shot :)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much :)
Reply
:iconphoenixhawke:
PhoenixHawke Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
How fascinating. And I like the tilted composition, takes it from being "another tourist shot" to having a definite artistic appeal
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe thank you so much! I have an untilted version but part of the building gets cut off and the road is almost non-visible. I am fascinated with gas town's vintage look-- with the old school street lights and the amazing brick road. I've been told by tourists they feel they've traveled back in time when visiting here, especially after seeing the steam clock(!). I'm hoping to get some more shots of this beautiful area :meow:
Reply
:iconphoenixhawke:
PhoenixHawke Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, looks pretty cool :) If I'm ever in the area I'll have to check it out :)
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you should :D
Reply
:iconphoenixhawke:
PhoenixHawke Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
*another GOOD tourist shot ;)
Reply
:iconmrnoumenon:
mrNoumenon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Photographer
Fuck this is awesome :D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply
:iconsunhillow:
Sunhillow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you(!) :la:
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×





Details

Submitted on
January 28, 2011
Image Size
2.8 MB
Resolution
2244×1664
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
4,377 (1 today)
Favourites
235 (who?)
Comments
98

Camera Data

Make
SONY
Model
NEX-5
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
22 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Jan 27, 2011, 8:30:56 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
×