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Philadelphia  

Sundial 229
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
Latitude:   39° 59' N Longitude:   75° 13' W
Location:
  • Fairmont Park Horticulture Center
    19131 E. Belmont Ave., east end of 52nd St. Dr.
    West of the reflecting pool, between two raised gardens
 
Description:
  • Brass horizontal dial by Alexander Stirling Calder. Local Hour lines plus EoT monthly corrections and differences between 12 world cities. Pedestal Sculpture is white marble and depicts 4 seated young women as the 4 seasons holding the dial on their shoulders. Built in 1905. Tip of gnomon appears damaged. The dial base is carved marble depicting four seated young female figures representing the four seasons.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner:
  • Copyright 1906 by Alex Stirling Calder. Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your hour doth come.
  • Designer: Alexander Stirling Calder
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1905
 
References:
  • Public Art in Philadelphia, Penny Backin Bach, Temple Univ. Pr. 1992
    IAPS Listing Data files, May 95.
    Sculpture of a city: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone. by Fairmount Park Assoc. NY, Walker Publ, 1984. p.217