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Murrells Inlet  

Sundial 283
State/Province:  South Carolina Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   33° 31.2258' N Longitude:   79° 05.786' W
Location:
  • 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr.
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
    Toward the back of the garden near the boat launch
 
Description:
  • This graceful 10 foot bronze sundial is a model of Paul Manship's dial "Time and Fates of Man" made for the 1939 New York World's Fair. The 1939 dial was made of plaster and stood 80 feet tall, claiming to be the biggest sundial in the world.

    Known as Parcae in Roman mythology, and the three fates in Greek mythology, sit under a tree that holds the sundial gnomon. The goddess of necessity, Themis, brought forth three lovely daughters, Clotho, who spun the thread of life; Lachesis, who measured the thread and determined life direction; and Atropos, who cut the thread of life, causing death.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Brookgreen Gardens
  • Time and Fates of Man
  • Designer: Paul Manship
  • Builder: Paul Manship
  • Construction Date: 1939
 
References: Web Links:
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sundial_at_Brookgreen_Gardens.jpg

    Thanks to the 1939 Worlds Fair website and the NY Public Library for historic photos of the Manship sundial

Last Revised: 2016-1-21-11:00