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University of Wollongong Solstice Bench art installation

Why Twitter is stunned by this mind-boggling bench at an Australian university — because the shadow doesn’t match the shape

  • A Solstice Bench changes shade twice a year at the University of Wollongong
  • The ‘magic’ couch usually shows semicircle cutouts of the rungs in its shadow
  • Twice a year on summer and winter solstices, the sports shadows appear straight

A “magic” couch stunned Twitter users because of its strange shadow that changes with the summer and winter solstices.

Wollongong University associate professor Julie Kiggins shared a photo of the strange Solstice Bench on Wednesday.

The shade of the sofa shows completely straight lines through the seat, despite having a semicircle cut from each rung.

Associate Professor at Wollongong University Julie Kiggins shared a photo of the university's Solstice Bench (above) showing straight shadows twice a year despite the curved rungs on the Solstice

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

Ms. Kiggins said that the shadow only straightens twice a year at the summer and winter solstices.

The bank is located between Building 67 and Building 40 on the University of Wollongong campus.

Ms. Kiggins’ mail received more than 300,000 people who were amazed at the “very specific sundial.”

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

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

“This is what we need to hear. You should organize next solstice tours,” one commenter joked.

‘That’s very cool. I often work on this campus and did not know the bank’, says another.

“That’s very clever,” wrote another.

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

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