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Sundial: 894
State/Province:  Alabama Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Reflective Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 31° 19.217' N  86° 27.317' W
  • On the Andalusia Campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
  • This dial is one of Bill Gottesman's uniquely designed Renaissance dials of cast and structural bronze with a 27 inch diameter time telling helix whose axis is aligned to the celestial-north pole. Time is told by a focused beam of light from a long cylindrical unsilvered mirror situated on that N-S axis, reflecting sunlight into a slit of light onto the helix, telling time throughout the day. A sliding time scale within the helix is adjusted for longitude, date's equation of time correction and daylight saving time. Once this scale is adjusted for date, the dial shows civil (local clock) time with an accuracy of under one minute. The dial base is cast bronze that allows adjustment for latitude and is placed on a sandstone plinth.

    The dial was donated to the LBW Community College by Renis O. Jones, Jr.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
  • As the sun shows the hours and regulates our activities, may the inner Light illuminate us and guide our aspirations.

    Herbert H. J. Riedel, Ph.D
  • Designer: Bill Gottesman
  • Builder: Bill Gottesman
  • Construction Date: Dedicated on April 27, 2014

Last Revised: 2018-01-12 15:35

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