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Great Falls  

Sundial 633
State/Province:  Virginia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 59.8' N Longitude:   77° 18.7' W
Location:
  • The Turner Farm
    Great Falls, Virginia
    The Sundial Garden, Observatory Park
 
Description:
  • A phosphor bronze horizontal dial whose face is 17.7 inches across four rounded cruciform arms. Designed, made and presented by Tony Moss to commemorate the establishment of the first English settlement at Jamestown on May 14, 1607. The most striking feature is the inclusion of reproductions of the King James Great Seal of the English Virginia Company. The "navette" (little boat) shape of the seal is also reflected in a similar shape for the dial itself. These "English" features are balanced by an American input in the form of the "Celebrate Virginia" logo and that of the local Analemma Society that co-funded the pedestal along with Fairfax County Park Authority. A unique rounded-cruciform shape encompasses all the above elements together with the NASS logo and appropriate inscriptions. The dial is calibrated in 3-minute intervals and quarter hours. Square classical pedestal in reconstituted limestone made by Haddonstone UK. Pedestal is placed in a paved and railed area around the dial. A remarkable steel "safe" is provided to protect the dial and pedestal from theft or damage.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Fairfax County Park Authority
  • Obverse and Reverse of the King James Great Seal of the Virginia Company. Commemorating the establishment of the first English settlement at Jamestown on May 14, 1607. Designed, made and presented by Tony Moss, Lindisfarne Sundials, England, aided by the NASS Sawyer Dialing Prize in 2005.
  • Designer: Tony Moss, Lindisfarne Sundials, Bedlington, England
  • Builder: Tony Moss, Lindisfarne Sundials, Bedlington, England
  • Construction Date: 13-Sep-07
 
References:
  • NASS Compendium, December, 2007
 
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