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Sun City  

Sundial 8
State/Province:  Arizona Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   33° 37.139' N Longitude:   112° 16.441' W
Location:
  • Sundial Recreation Center
    14801 N. 103rd Avenue
    Sun City
 
Description:
  • A monumental horizontal dial in a gravel rock garden. Gnomon is 22 feet high, 40 feet long built from a structural steel "I" beam 64 feet long. Gnomon is supported by three concrete triangular legs and is encased in concrete with four shadow-casting style edges. A circular concrete walkway under the gnomon has painted Roman numeral hour markers.

    This dial had significantly deteriorated and was in danger of demolition in 2011 when rescued by the efforts of Sun City residents, numerous Sundial Mail List letters explaining its significance and, particularly, an advocacy letter by NASS member Roger Bailey. NASS member John Carmichael was instrumental in coordinating these efforts, which led to complete restoration and re-dedication in October, 2011.

    The dial was a center piece of the innovative Sun City planned community, built in the early 1970's by visionary developer John Meeker.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Sun City
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1970; restored October 2011
 
References:
  • NASS Compendium, Vol 1 No. 1, p.6, March 1994
    NASS Compendium, Vol 18 No. 4, p.18, December 2011

Last Revised: 6/29/2012 23:12