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Selected Sundials of Michigan

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East Lansing Michigan USA Analemmatic Dial 384
This garden analemmatic dial uses plants to mark time with plants selected to demonstrate bio-rhythms by their daily opening and closing at different times. Four-o'clocks are planted at the 4 block. Magic evening primroses 'Tina James' encircle the area. Flowers open in 15 seconds to the sunlight, quite a spectacular sight! Also planted here are: Evening Primroses, Portulaca 'Sundial', Coreopsis 'Sunray', Morning Glory, Thyme, Four-O'clock, and Moonvine. Children cast their shadow to tell the time. Step between the blocks of the current month, raise your right hand, and your shadow tells the time. The analemmatic dial is set up for daylight saving time.
 
 
Edinburg Texas USA Vertical Gnomon Dial 478
A vertical gnomon 19.58 feet tall projects its shadow onto a modernistic courtyard. The courtyard has inlays showing the hour corrected for the equation of time, give a sinuous set of curves to the hour lines.
 
 
Edmonton Alberta Canada Horizontal Dial 195
A horizontal dial of varnished wooden shaped as octagon, perhaps 24 in. across, 2 in. thick, with very thick wedge-shaped gnomon. Roman numerals carved at ends of hour lines. Dial sits atop a segment of tree trunk.
 
 
El Cajon California USA Armillary Dial 214
Armillary dial about 3 ft. diameter designed by Don LeGrande. As of Christmas 1992, a stunning armillary sphere-type of sundial ... The framework of the dial is constructed of burnished stainless steel. ... The rod-like gnomon was destroyed by vandals many years ago, but the rest is in good shape.
 
 
Elberton Georgia USA Calendrical Dial 587
A calendrical dial consisting of six granite slabs and standing 19 feet high arranged as a center stone with four surrounding stones and a capstone. A channel through stone indicates the celestial pole and a horizontal slot indicates the annual travel of the sun. The stone faces are engraved with ten guidelines or principles in eight different languages.
 
 
Elizabethtown Pennsylvania USA Vertical Dial 451
A 4x4 foot marble vertical dial declining 25° east of south with a copper gnomon, located above the center entrance of the Grand Lodge Hall and overlooking the formal garden of the Masonic Village of Elizabethtown. The dial face includes hour lines with half hour and ten minute marks and Roman numerals. An inscription, "ANNO DOMINI MCMXII" is located above the gnomon. The dial declines 25° east of south.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Alignment Dial 810
This solar alignment sculpture called the "Sun Triangle" is made of polished 1/8 inch stainless steel. Its leaning, 10 foot tall pedestal gives the mounted triangle a futuristic look of monumental size, where the tip of the triangle towers 34 feet above ground level. The selected triangle angles are described by the dial plaque, making solar alignments at noon on the equinoxes and summer/winter solstices. There are no line markings or hour indicators on the ground. However, the pedestal is bolted to a buried concrete block weighing approximately 16 tons.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Vertical Dial 811
The white concrete dial face with surrounding dark red Arabic hour numbers is approximately 2 foot tall by 4 foot wide. The hour angles are clean grooves in the concrete. All are easily visible from ground level. Most striking is the steel gnomon painted bright yellow with an ornate central cut-out of a triangle symbolizing the trinity.
 
 
Elmira New York USA Sculpture Dial 308
Plaster Sundial (sculpture)
 
 
Englewood Colorado USA Cylindrical Dial 555
An internal cylindrical dial on the walls of the entrance tower to the Science Building of Kent Denver School. A glass-covered 1/8 inch aperture in the center of ceiling dome projects a spot light onto the inner vertical cylindrical wall of the vestibule. Aluminum strips mark the solar altitude and azimuth. Bronze strips mark the equinox and summer solstice. Bronze and nickel domed nails form the hour analemmas showing Mountain Standard Time with daylight savings time below. The dial design is by science teacher David Potter and architect Paul Hutton proportioned the "Sun Tower" so the summer solstice noon mark would be at the bottom of the cylindrical wall. Artwork on the ceiling includes a hand-painted winking "Sol" in a 24 point compass rose. This dial in on private property but access may be arranged by calling the school on weekdays between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
 
 
Englewood Colorado USA Equatorial Dial 510
The Archie Lynn Chase Sundial is an equatorial polar dial. Unlike other monumental polar dials (designed by Erickson Monument Co), the dial face is more of a rounded square than a circular disk. Hours, half hours, quarter hours and five minute lines mark the time from 4am to 8pm. The hour lines are rotated for the site latitude. A steel gnomon rod about 3 inches in diameter casts the shadow. Has a plaque describing the Equation of Time.
 
 
Enid Oklahoma USA Equatorial Dial 351
A striking stainless steel equatorial dial 6 ft tall, 4 ft wide, and 6 ft deep. The equatorial ring is more than 2 ft wide. The dial can be used as a simple equatorial dial, reading the hour from a shadow cast by the steel wire gnomon aligned to the polar axis. However a bead nodus located in the middle of the wire casts its shadow onto the equatorial ring as well. An analemma on an arched plate is set to slide along the equatorial ring in a track. By sliding the plate to a position where the nodus shadow falls on the analemma for the day of year, the dial corrects for the Eot. Markers on the analemma plate point to the correct time at the edge of the ring. The top of the ring is inscribed for Central Standard Time and the bottom is inscribed for Central Daylight Time. Overall, the sundial is accurate to about a minute any day of the year. The analemma was computed by Lt Col Bill Welker, USAF and the dial was funded by McCasland Foundation.
 
 
Euless Texas USA Equatorial Dial 602
A granite and stainless steel equatorial dial approximately 6 feet high. Equation of time and user information are shown on a granite lab in front of the dial.
 
 
Evanston Illinois USA Horizontal Dial 298
This was once a horizontal sundial of unknown construction commissioned by the Works Progress Administration. The dial has been removed and only a 24x24 inch pedestal remains, now adorned by a flower pot.
 
 
Ewing New Jersey USA Combination Dial 231
A combination horizontal and equatorial dial. Stainless steel equatorial ring is 8 feet wide x 10 feet high. Equatorial gnomon extends to cement face of horizontal dial. Bronze plaque provides a table of corrections for EOT and longitude. Identified as the William H. Hausdoerffer Sundial to honor Dr. Hausdoerffer, Class of 1936, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Department Chairman, Dean of Men, TSC Athletic Hall of Fame, Alumni Executive Board and adviser to many groups, serving from 1940 to 1979.
 
 
Fairfax Virginia USA Equatorial Dial 432
This bronze equatorial dial is about four feet in diameter with a 6 inch equatorial band containing raised Roman hour numbers from 5am to 7pm. The band is graduated every ten minutes and is offset by approximately 8 minutes to read Eastern Apparent Time. The gnomon is a simple arrow without nodus and the dial does not have an analemma. The octagonal dial base is made of brown marble panels approximately 5 feet high with a smaller octagon on top approximately 1 foot high that supports the dial. Each octagon is capped with thick granite. The base is a mausoleum, with alternate octagonal sides each containing 8 crypts.
 
 
Falls Church Virginia USA Vertical Dial 787
A large vertical dial on the southwest brick wall of a private home. The hour lines are square PVC stock. Arabic hour numerals for noon to 7 PM are brass plated figures mounted on brass plaques. The dial declines 54 degrees from south to west. The ends of the hour lines indicate the solstices except for several long summer hour lines. The equinoctial points are marked by red glass inserts on the hour lines.
 
 
Falmouth Maine USA Armillary Dial 829
This bronze armillary sundial is about 18 inches in diameter. The prime meridian ring is embossed with an intricate design. A different designed with forward and backward "S" adorns the exterior of the equatorial ring while the interior has embossed Roman numerals for the the hours. The 6-hour ring is plain and there is no horizontal ring. The arrow gnomon rod is at the correct slope but the dial is free to turn on its base so that it is not oriented north.
 
 
Farmington Utah USA Horizontal Dial 783
A 28 x 20 x 2 inch sandstone horizontal dial with a 1/2-inch thick, hand-tooled copper gnomon. Dial face has Arabic numerals and hour lines corrected for local longitude. Dial was hand carved with carbide chisels and maul but using techniques and natural stone used to create ancient Native American petroglyphs found in the southwest USA. Dial is mounted 2 inches above a sandstone base weighing 400 pounds by brass leveling pins; this mounting makes the dial appear to "float" above the stone base. A "Desert Varnish" finish has been applied to the dial face using a natural process that mimics what naturally happens to exposed sandstone over several thousands of years. The natural color of the stone is exposed by the carving process to create a color contrast as might be seen in a Native American petroglyph. Dial is located in the front yard of a private residence. Viewing can be arranged by contacting the owner by email at theoperativemason@gmail.com
 
 
Farmington Utah USA Horizontal Dial 698
A 20x18 inch sandstone horizontal dial with a 4 inch work-hardened copper gnomon. Dial face has hour lines with Arabic numerals. The hour lines and spiral sun symbol were hand carved using techniques and natural basalt stone tools used to create ancient Native American petroglyphs found in the southwest USA. An ogham character representing the designer's initials is carved in the lower left. Dial is placed on a welded steel pedestal with laser cut images typical of petroglyphs found in Utah. Dial pedestal is welded steel with laser cut images of petroglyphs typical of those in Utah. Dial is located in the back yard of a private residence. Viewing can be arranged by contacting the owner by email at theoperativemason@gmail.com