In an effort to improve on an idea or advance technology we often lose sight of our original purpose, function or the very nature of the object of concern. How we choose to approach learning, understanding or problem solving can be overly complicated. For example, Americans put forth a large amount of time, money and effort in engineering a zero-gravity pen for use in spaceflight, while the Russians used ... a pencil. Something is lost when we make technological advances bringing us further away from experiencing the very phenomena we are measuring or believe we are manipulating. This sort of industrial manifest destiny can put a border between ourselves and the cosmos. We become even more removed as this separation affects our understanding of nature itself. This installation illustrates the progression of that removal. A sundial is a machine we've constructed to interpret the cosmos -- a universal nature that is neither indigenous nor unique to the Earth. Using sunlight and its interaction with the physical structure of the sundial, we are measuring this phenomenon directly. In turn we choose to interpret this measurement as units of time. The mechanical clock has technological advances and some practical benefits, but what is it directly measuring? What piece of the cosmos is demonstrated? What connection have we lost?