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Bowie  

Sundial 712
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 56.584' N Longitude:   76° 43.802' W
Location:
  • In front of new Bowie City Hall
    Intersection of Evergreen Parkway and Excalibur Boulevard
    Bowie
 
Description:
  • The Bowie Portal Dial is a 48x66 inch vertical dial of frosted glass atop two 15 foot tall steel beams. The dial face has bronze filigreed hour lines, Roman hour numerals and a supported bronze gnomon. The translucent glass allows the dial time to be read from both sides. At ground level the two steel beams are surrounded by steel benches covered in granite and form a portal with the silhouette of playing children cut of brass sheet riveted to the stainless steel base. The 11 foot wide base depicts running horses cut in brass and sits atop a 16 foot diameter compass rose. The base includes a plaque with the EOT.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Bowie
  • On yonder clock, On yonder tower, is shown the time by civil hour. Upon this dial, Upon this tower, is shown the time by solar hour. No matter what the clock might say, the noon I show is true midday.
  • Designer: Gino and Judith Schiavone
  • Builder: Gino and Judith Schiavone
  • Construction Date: 11-May
 

Last Revised: 7/23/2011 11:15