Imagine that you could walk around the world, starting at Capital Community College and remaining at 41° 7’ north latitude until you returned to your starting point in downtown Hartford, CT. That’s the concept behind “Latitude” – a truly unique sculpture located in Capital’s 5-story high central Atrium.
Mounted along the outer edge of Latitude are silhouettes of the places you could visit if you were able to actually make the conceptual journey. Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, Japan, the Gobi Desert, and Rome, among many other locales, are all represented along with Hartford, which is depicted in gold leaf.
But Latitude is more than an unconventional map, it is also a kinetic timepiece. The entire ring moves at the rate of one rotation every 24 hours – in sync with the Earth’s rotation. When the gold silhouette is at the apex of the timepiece, that indicates that it is noon here in Hartford.
Commissioned by the State of Connecticut for Capital Community College,
“Latitude” was designed by the firm of Helmick & Schecter, of Newton, MA,