Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of New York

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New York New York USA Calendrical Dial 614
A granite park bench about 30 feet diameter whose bench shelf was designed to cast a shadow indicating time on the equinoxes. Individual curved lines corresponding to the bench shadows mark 10AM, Noon and 2PM. Known as the Waldo Hutchins Bench, the bench includes a second hemicyclium dial above its backrest; refer to Dial 250. Dial alignment may not be accurate.
 
 
New York New York USA Sculpture Dial 873
The Sun Triangle is a 50-foot sculpture of polished stainless steel set upon a leaning 20-foot stainless steel pole, creating a futuristic look. The sides of the triangle are aligned such that steepest side points to the sun at noon for the summer solstice at an altitude of 73 degrees at solar noon (12:48pm Daylight Saving Time) while the lower side of the triangle points to the winter solstice at an angle of 26 degrees. The upper side and longest side of the triangle points to the the noonday sun on the spring and fall equinoxes.
 
 
New York New York USA Collection Dial 121
Metropolitan Museum collection of dials
 
 
New York New York USA Equatorial Dial 140
A 20' H x 10' W x 5' D Equatorial in Bronze and Stainless Steel. Entitled "Song to the Sun." Dial by Robert Adzema; gift of George and Annette Murphy in 1984.
 
 
New York New York USA Equatorial Dial 215
A half-cylinder equatorial dial whose body structure is exactly the same as the one (#28) at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, only the pedestal here is lower. Named ?The Camp Columbia Sundial?, a gift of Camp Columbia to memorialize Dean Hennessy (1917-1991).
 
 
New York New York USA Vertical Dial 245
3 x 4 feet bronze vertical declining S 28° W, 30 feet above the street level.
 
 
New York New York USA Armillary Dial 248
The armillary dial is 30 inches in diameter, built of bronze with a cast stone pedestal. On the outside of equatorial band are golden zodiac signs. Inside the band are roman numerals for hours from 6 am to 6 pm. The dial was vandalized but was refurbished in 2000 and moved a short distance in Parks Dept. renovation. Sal Ton Landscape was the general contractor; Kenneth Lynch & Sons repaired the sundial and made a complete new cast stone fluded base in 2000.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial 249
A 10 inch diameter rough brass horizontal dial, painted brown, on a 3 foot cement pedestal. Gnomon is damaged. Roman hour numerals. Dial sits atop a cast stone pedestal about 3 feet high.
 
 
New York New York USA Hemicyclium Dial 250
Granite model of old roman hemicyclium dial with beautiful horizontal bronze gnomon with figure of woman. Hour and date lines may be incorrect. Slightly vandalized and chipped. This dial is a detail of a larger park bench that itself was designed to show time on the equinoxes; refer to Dial 614. The park bench alignment is nominally north but this dial may be misaligned as the Roman hour numbers inscribed on the face run clockwise, incorrect for a south-facing dial. Dial sits atop a large stone park bench.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial 251
An 11 inch diameter bronze horizontal dial on a 3 foot pedestal. Tip of gnomon is broken.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal? Dial 252
Sheet Metal Octagonal. Built by a prisoner. Clipping in envelope #250.
 
 
Palisades New York USA Equatorial Dial 410
An equatorial dial in bronze. Has analemma at the noon hour mark. Lamont-Doherty Sundial Fountain.
 
 
Pittsford New York USA Vertical Dial 438
This old vertical north facing dial in on the Spring House, constructed circa 1822. The building was an old Erie Canal Inn. The dial is about 48 inches high by 30 inches wide, made of wood and painted with a white boarder. The gnomon is also white painted wood and "looks upside down" because the dial faces north. The dial and gnomon have been repainted several times.
 
 
Port Richmond, Staten Island New York USA Vertical Dial 142
17' H x 11' W x 8' D Painted steel with stainless steel wire cloth Noon mark and analemma features made of concrete and brass.
 
 
Poughkeepsie New York USA Horizontal Dial 412
Small horizontal brass dial, about 12 inches in diameter with classical design. Roman numerals for hours with dots for quarter and half hours. Sits on fluted column about 3 foot high. Beautifully set in the Shakespeare Garden.
 
 
Poughkeepsie New York USA Armillary Dial 165
Built by Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Wilton CT
 
 
Queens New York USA Dial Sculpture Dial 592
A 6 foot diameter bronze sculpture reclined 50° (latitude is 40° 45' N) with slit gnomon and hour marks. Gift of Joan and Richard Scheuer in 2000. More sculpture than sundial, it does have some hour marks but reclines and appears to be out-of-plane.
 
 
Queens New York USA Vertical Dial 409
A 20 foot high x 15 foot wide x 4 foot deep painted aluminum vertical dial entitled '"Winged Shadows." Has declination lines for the solstices and equinoxes. Declines west. On the back wall of the Main Building. Can be viewed from Woodside Ave. Designed by Robert Adzema in 1987.
 
 
Queens New York USA Vertical Dial 246
A vertical dial on the cupola above the main entrance. Declination 70° 12' 04" E. Painted all white so that no hour lines can be seen.
 
 
Queens New York USA Horizontal Dial 247
Paul Manship was commissioned to make the sundial for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The dial was named "Time and the Fates of Man." Manship wrote, "The Perisphere and Trylon at the World's Fair suggests to me measurements of time and space, so my sundial… relates to the background of the central motif of the Fair." His white plaster sculpture was the biggest sundial in the world, standing 80 feet tall.