Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 921
State/Province:  New Mexico Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 35° 4.667' N  106° 36.710' W
Location: Access: This is a private dial. See below for access details.
  • South side of 218 Dartmouth SE. Can be viewed from public sidewalk, and there is no problem walking up adjacent driveway to view it.
  • This painted vertical dial is 10 x 11 feet, covering a vast expanse of south facing wall. The dial has a strong New Mexico theme using bright colors, and many personal elements. There is a road runner, hot air balloon, a lunar footprint (centered at 2:18 (clock time) on July 20th 1969, the minute they landed). There is a red, white & blue star at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month for Veterans Day. In the night exposure of the sundial the star Polaris is just above the gnomon, as it should always be. All the little embedded details in the sundial are explained on the ‘Details’ tab of the website link below.

    The designer notes,"Actually completing this medieval science project has taught me more than all the years I spent studying them. Hopefully you’ll get enough inspiration to start a project of your own. In fact, the goal ... is not to show off my dial, but to encourage others to make their own. May a thousand sundials bloom!"
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Jay Campbell
  • Who am I to judge time?
  • Designer: Jay Campbell
  • Builder: Jay Campbell
  • Construction Date: 2017-2018
References: Web Links:
  • December, 2018 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.

Last Revised: 2018-10-04 21:39

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