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Frankfort  

Sundial 90
State/Province:  Kentucky Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   38° 10' N Longitude:   84° 55' W
Location:
  • Coffee Tree Road, Near Frankfort KY.
 
Description:
  • The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial features a 7090 square foot plaza with a monumental 86x68 foot horizontal dial of granite slabs with a 14.6 foot high gnomon of welded stainless steel plates.

    The dial design places the shadow of the tip of the gnomon on each of 1103 veteran's names on the anniversary of his or her death. MIA names are engraved in an area where the shadow never falls. The dial face identifies one hour of time for each year of the 1962-1975 Vietnam War.

    The 327 granite slabs from the Pyramid Blue quarry in Elberton, Georgia are a maximum of 12x3 feet, are 4 inches thick and are placed atop 800 concrete piers 28 inches high to provide drainage and protection from frost heaving.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: State of Kentucky
  • Inscribed around the gnomon, radiating like spokes, are lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes: "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven..."
  • Designer: Helm Roberts
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 12-Nov-88
 
References: Web Links:
  • Sky & Telescope, April 1991, p.354.
    Southern Living, May 1994, p.32.

Last Revised: 6/29/2013 11:42