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Sundial 563
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   40° 47' N Longitude:   73° 57' W
Location:
  • Public School 72
    104th Street and Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan, New York
    East wall of south wing
 
Description:
  • A large vertical dial declining east approximately 45? and displaying fanciful furniture. Hour lines are present but are difficult to see; hour numerals are not shown. Summer and winter solstice lines are shown with the winter solstice line near the gnomon foot because of the declination. The curved line shown for the equinox should be straight.

    Six individual "Cultural Arcs" are positioned at specific time points on the dial face and are accompanied by upstanding dial furniture. Each "Cultural Arc" references distinct and in some cases overlapping cultural traditions and is made from 1/2" sheet aluminum, with a permanent (powder coated) color finish. Each "Cultural Arc" contains symbolic and aesthetic elements reflecting the ebb and flow of migration in the local East Harlem population.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Public School 72
  • Designer: Marina Gutierrez
  • Builder: James Cornejo
  • Construction Date: 4-Oct
 
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