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Sundial 796
State/Province:  Washington Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Analemmatic Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   47° 45.946' N Longitude:   122° 23.027' W
Location:
  • Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
    2021 NW 190th Street
    Shoreline
 
Description:
  • An 8 foot diameter concrete and pebble analemmatic dial with engraved stainless steel inserts for central date line and simple instructions for use. The dial face is raised one foot on a fluted column above the perimeter concrete and stainless steel walkway and has stainless steel Arabic hour numerals for 6 AM, 12 PM and 6 PM. The walkway has stainless steel inserts showing hour lines, magnetic north, true north, winter solstice, equinox and summer solstice directions.

    The surrounding stainless steel fence has openings to transmit onto the dial reflected images of the sun setting on the evenings of the solstices and the equinoxes. The dial is located in an open area near the largest parking lot.

    The sundial is part of Reflex Solaris, an artwork that uses the sun’s yearly positional alignments and reflected solar images to create an aesthetic experience tied to the park’s unique concave landform, dramatic westerly views, and time through the year.

    Radiating out to the east from the sundial are five stainless steel reflectors built into the land’s upper slopes. Each mirrored reflector has three facets positioned to reflect the setting sun. Each reflector aligns with a significant direction: winter solstice sunset, summer solstice sunset, equinox sunset, true north, and magnetic north. On the solstices and equinoxes the setting sun hits a distant aligned reflector that directs sunlight back to the sundial.
 
General Information:
  • Owner:
  • Designer: 'Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, HADDAD|DRUGAN
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 2009
 
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Last Revised: 5/17/2015 8:53:3