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Sundial 473
State/Province:  Connecticut Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
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Location:
  • Connecticut College on Mohegan Ave, in a circular plaza in the center of the college green
 
Description:
  • A horizontal dial of striking modern design about 24 inches in diameter. The dial face is granite with milled wedges, leaving hour lines from 6 am to 6 pm. Hours are represented by small round bronze markers. The gnomon is of unusual design. When installed, the gnomon had a vertical glass plate below the style. The dial doubled as a fountain - water flowed from the top of the gnomon down the glass plate. Each of the bronze hour markers also had a small spray of water. The round granite dial is slightly smaller than the octagonal pedestal and base. A small trough between them recovers water from the fountain.

    The fountain is turned off during the winter. Judging by the mechanics of the fountain, it may to be turned on. The original glass plate has been replaced by a metal plate.

    The dial is part of a memorial installation called the "Ad Astra Garden" and was designed by an art professor at the college.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Connecticut College
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