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North American Sundial Society

Oakland  

Sundial 307
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Sculpture Condition:  Good
Latitude:   37° 50' 33" N Longitude:   122° 50' 33" W
Location: Access: This is a private dial. See below for access details.
  • Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, 5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Permission required for access to the internal courtyard of the Institute
 
Description:
  • Bronze sundial sculpture by Robert Paine. The sundial was donated to University High School in 1927 by Sara Bard Field in honor of her son Albert, who was killed in 1917 in an automobile accident. Albert was the high school senior class president in 1917. His mother Sara was a leading suffragist on the West Coast. The High School has been renovated and now used by Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

    The sculpture is of a boy holding a shield and an arrow. The arrow casts a graceful shadow onto the level shield. The sculpture is about 30 inches high. The base is stone, probably a jade.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Oakland Museum on loan to Children's Hospital
  • Inscribed, "To Albert Field Ehrgott 1901"
  • Designer: Robert Paine
  • Builder: Robert Paine
  • Construction Date: 1927
 
References:
  • IAPS Listing, May 95
    Carl Trost helped move the dial to its current position in 1998