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Traverse City  

Sundial 494
State/Province:  Michigan Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Analemmatic Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   44° 46' N Longitude:   85° 38' W
Location:
  • South entrance to the Grand Traverse Area Children's Garden, located behind the District Library 610 Woodmere Ave.
 
Description:
  • This beautiful analemmatic dial was built as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects' 100 years/100 Parks project. A colored concrete pad was poured on the north/south axis and scored joints for each month. Stainless steel plates show the name of the months. On either side of the concrete pad are dry laid flagstones with creeping thyme in the joints. Hour markers are 12 inch diameter colored concrete bases with numbers cut from stainless steel. A stained glass sun plaque at the top of the month axis was made by a local artisan. Total dial size is about 10 x 20 feet.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Traverse Area District Library
  • Designer: Dean Conners
  • Builder: Comstock Construction
  • Construction Date: 1999