List of largest hourglasses

This article lists the largest hourglasses that have been built.

Image Info
Hourglass Panta Rhei, Ybbsitz.jpg Built in 2000, this hourglass is located in Ybbsitz and is called Panta Rhei.[1]
Sanduhr in Mainz 1.jpg Built in 1984 and located in Mainz, this hourglass was donated by Schott Glaswerke.[2]
Semi-Transparent.png Unveiled in 2008 and located at the Red Square in Moscow.[3]
Budapest timewheel 03.jpg
Called Timewheel, this hourglass is located in Hungary near Hősök tere[4] and was first revealed in 2004 in commemoration of Hungary's accession to the EU.[5]
Semi-Transparent.png Built in 1991[5] and located in the Nima Sand Museum, this hourglass is 5.2 metres high and contains around 1 ton of sand.[6]
20151015 최광모 SONY DSC-RX10 DSC04334 20151024.JPG Built in 1999 and located on Jeongdongjin Beach it takes one year for the sand to fall to the bottom.[7]
Semi-Transparent.png A two metre high hourglass, filled with artificial blood, was installed at Downing Street in London as part of a protest demanding British intervention in the Darfur conflict.[8][9]
Semi-Transparent.png In 2009, a number of large hourglasses were installed in several major cities in Brazil to mark the enaction of an anti-smoking law.[10][11]
Semi-Transparent.png Filled with ground ivory, this hourglass was on display from mid 2005 to mid 2006.[12][13]


  1. ^ Eisenstraße - "Panta Rhei" (JPEG) (Information plaque) (in German). Ybbsitz. 2000.
  2. ^ "Brunnen, Denkmäler und Plastiken in Mainz". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  3. ^ Knaack, Ulrich; Klein, Tillmann (2010). The Future Envelope 3: Facades - The Making of. Amsterdam: IOS Press. pp. 7–12. ISBN 978-1-60750-671-3.
  4. ^ Phillips, Adrian; Scotchmer, Jo (May 2010). Hungary (2 ed.). Bradt Travel Guides Ltd. p. 152. ISBN 978 1 84162 285 9.
  5. ^ a b Budapest Sights: A Travel Guide to the Top 30 Attractions in Budapest, Hungary. MobileReference.
  6. ^ Muite, B. K.; M. L. Hunt; G. G. Joseph (September 2004). "The effects of a counter-current interstitial flow on a discharging hourglass" (PDF). Phys. Fluids. American Institute of Physics. 16 (9): 3415–3425. doi:10.1063/1.1781158.
  7. ^ Hae-Jin Lee, Cecilia (2012). Gangwon-do, South Korea: Frommer's ShortCuts. Frommer's ShortCuts. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 9781118470107.
  8. ^ "Day of action for Darfur". Daily Express. 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  9. ^ "Worldwide rallies call for end to Darfur crisis". CBC News World. CBC. 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  10. ^ Rix, Antonio Carlos (2009-08-13). "Big Blow to Brazil's Cigarette Industry". OhmyNews. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  11. ^ Bialous, Stella Aguinaga; Stella Martins (2009). "Brazil: São Paulo takes the lead". Tob. Control. 18 (5): 341–344. doi:10.1136/tc.2009.033167. PMC 2762497. PMID 19779061.
  12. ^ "Time is running out for elephants - Hourglass display 22 June 2005 to 25 May 2006". Merseyside Maritime Museum - Exhibitions. National Museums Liverpool. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  13. ^ Spicer, Graham (2006-07-19). "At-Bristol Science Centre Supports IFAW Ivory Amnesty". Places to Go - South West - Bristol. Culture24. Retrieved 2013-03-07.