Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

St. Louis  

Sundial 891
State/Province:  Missouri Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   38° 38.1833' N Longitude:   90° 16.4833' W
  • Dial is located inside the St Louis Zoo, Just south of River's Edge Train Station.
  • This horizontal sundial is part of a sculpture set, formed as a lily pad, and surrounded by three circular flowers with centers that are small water fountains (no longer working). The dial face is no longer flat and the graceful gnomon does not point true north. There is a short cylinder at the end of the gnomon with a hole, perhaps for casting a beam of light on a certain day. The hole is at a 34.4 deg angle, aiming toward the slot in the dial face. Now, the dial is located in dense shade preventing operation.

    The inscription is embossed on the edge of the dial. Mr. Robert P. Stupp provided a charitable gift for the Zoo to have the drinking fountain/sundial commissioned and installed. This was in memory of his late wife. The total project cost (fabrication and installation) was $15,866.70. The sundial was created by sculptor William Conrad Severson Fountain Design & Fabrication, which was paid $8,400.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: St. Louis Zoo
  • “In memory of Jane Howell Stupp 1930-1989 / Dedicated by her friends and family / Her spirit cast forever upon the oceans of the world.”
  • Designer: William Conrad Severson
  • Builder: William Conrad Severson Fountain Design & Fabrication
  • Construction Date: 1991-92

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