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Torre  

Sundial 509
State/Province:  Coahuila Country:  Mexico
Dial Type:  Analemmatic Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   25° 31' N Longitude:   103° 25' W
Location:
  • In the main district of Torre
 
Description:
  • An analemmatic dial with major axis of 18 feet built of many different types of stone from the Torre?n Jard?n area, including white and red marble, travertine, yellow and black flagstone, and limestone. Insets of gray stone hold the hour markers from 5am to 7pm. The finished dial has been set in desert plants, native to the region, including: Candelilla, Gobernadora, Lechuguilla, Sangre de drago, Huevo de toro, Biznaga, Pitaya, Corona de espinas, Nopal rastrero, and Cardenche. These are all protected desert species. The dial has a compass rose and six disk-shaped maps at the east and west sides to show the course of sunrise/sunset across the Mexican Republic on the solstices and equinox.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Torre
  • The motto Captivum Motus, which means "Motion [of the Sun] captured" is placed above the wind rose.
  • Designer: Frans Maes
  • Builder: enthusiastic group of people from the Torre?n Jard?n area