While this historic piece is said to have been designed by noted Dutch architect Nicholas van den Arend, the ceramic letters on the piece are believed to be the work of Van Briggle Pottery.
And the association makes sense. After practicing architecture in Holland, Germany, and New York, van den Arend moved to Colorado Springs in the early 1900s for his wife’s health. He designed numerous landmark buildings in downtown Colorado Springs, including City Hall, the El Paso County Courthouse (now the Pioneers Museum), the YWCA Building on East Kiowa Street, and the original Van Briggle Pottery building along Uintah Street. Van den Arend was known to have included Van Briggle tiles on both the interiors and exteriors of many of his buildings.
Crafted originally as a clock, the sundial stands surrounded by ceramic letters reading, “Love Makes Time Go, Time Makes Love Go.” This piece was first installed on the front of Marksheffel Garage (also designed by van den Arend) in 1914. There it stayed until the garage was torn down in 1966 to build the current Penrose Library. The clock was salvaged by the Horticultural Society and reinstalled the following year as a sundial in the Monument Valley Demonstration Gardens.
Date created: 1914