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Punta Gorda  

Sundial 721
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   26° 56.467' N Longitude:   82° 02.967' W
Location:
  • River Front Park near US 41 bridge
    Punta Gorda
 
Description:
  • A monumental sculpture of steel and stone including a 12 foot diameter horizontal dial with six foot high gnomon. Stone dial face includes hour markers and Roman hour numerals. Titled Spirit of Punta Gorda, the sculpture is dedicated to the spirit of the people of Punta Gorda in the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie on August 13, 2004. Two nearby bronze plaques identify and dedicate the sculpture.

    While the gnomon is both intricate and beautiful, a measurement of the dial shows the gnomon set for latitude of 37°, ten degrees greater than its Florida site. Sadly, this sundial will never tell correct time.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Punta Gorda
  • The Spirit of Punta Gorda
    Dedicated to the spirit of the people of Punta Gorda in the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie on August 13, 2004
    The bent tree symbolizes the wind, which stopped our downtown clock at 4:29 PM. Like the upright tree, the people stood tall.
  • Designer: Peggy McTeague, artist
  • Builder: Peggy McTeague
  • Construction Date: 13 Aug 2007
 

Last Revised: 2016-02-01 10:30