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Los Angeles  

Sundial 593
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Calendrical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   34° 06' N Longitude:   118° 18' W
Location:
  • Griffith Observatory
    Southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park; 1134 foot elevation.
    South end of Gottlieb Transit Corridor
 
Description:
  • A bronze-faced meridian arc dial 18 feet long, 13.5 feet high and 7 inch wide. Displays the meridian line and is inscribed with month and day markings, seasonal and lunar indicators and constellation figures. An overhead lens projects a solar image on the inscriptions. A large adjacent symbol is positioned to indicate which set of date markings is to be read from the meridian line. In a modern twist, photoelectric sensors embedded in the face of the arc are activated by the transiting spot of sunlight and send a signal to illuminate LED indicators on the 22 foot wide stainless steel ecliptic chart overhead, lighting up the stars of the constellation through which the sun is passing.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Los Angeles
  • Robert J. and Suzanne Gottlieb
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 2005