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North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of Michigan

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Brooklyn Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 311
A well-rusted horizontal dial of iron or steel about 10 inches diameter on a stone and masonry pedestal. Dial face shows Arabic hour numerals but hour line angles may be wrong. Mounted atop a stone and masonry pedestal.
 
 
Brooklyn New York USA Vertical Dial 144
10' H x 7' W x 2' D Wood and stainless steel Entitled 'Sundial and Arches'
 
 
Brunswick Maine USA Vertical Dial 53
A set of three declining vertical dials each approximately 3x4 foot of carved Indiana Limestone set into the east, south and west facades of Hubbard Hall. Dial faces include hour lines and Arabic hour numerals. Each bronze gnomon rod is additionally supported at its end. The dials are not corrected for longitude and there is no EOT correction provided. With corrections, all three dials tell accurate time. The building south wall declines approximately 18? west of south.
 
 
Brunswick Maine USA Horizontal Dial 830
In the shade of many trees is a 12 inch circular horizontal sundial sitting on a square granite plinth. The dial plate shows solar time with Roman numerals V to VII (5am to 7pm). Half and quarter hours are shown with dots.
 
 
Bullhead City Arizona USA Horizontal Monofilar Dial 458
This horizontal dial is an engraved flagstone approximately 42 inches in diameter designed by John Carmichael. The monofilar gnomon is a stranded brass cable that extends upward to a height of 18 inches and is held taught by a rock counterweight. Hour lines and direction of sunrise and sunset for the equinoxes and solstices are given. Also has noon Mark, The Equation of time, and a 32-point Compass Rosette
 
 
Bumble Bee Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 389
Horizontal dial approximately 10 feet in diameter. Made of concrete and granite. Commemorates Arizona Dept. of Transportation employees who were killed in the line of duty.
 
 
Burlington Ontario Canada Armillary Dial 597
A simple steel armillary dial ten feet high overall on a 5x5 foot granite base. The dial is located in front of a building named in honor of William Bunton, a prominent local businessman who died in 1881.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Vertical Dial 161
2'8" x 2' oval. Probably of Bronze. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Willard Pope. Planned by Prof. Betty Bandel. Hour lines are curved to compensate for EoT. Rings indicate months. Difficult to read due to height above ground. (ca. 12' above ground level.) Dial faces approx 5 degrees East of due South. Built by W. M. Schenk.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Calendrical and Analemmatic Dial 692
This Circles of Peace dial is a combination calendrical and analemmatic design consisting of fourteen 5 to 10 foot high granite stones in a 43 foot diameter circle oriented to align with sunset on the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days. An inner sixteen foot major diameter analemmatic dial includes 12 hour marker stones and a central stone that also shows the directions of sunset on the corresponding major dates. The calendar stone calculations and survey placement was done by NASS member Bill Gottesman.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Equatorial Dial 693
An approximately 30-inch diameter equatorial dial of painted steel with a sandblasted stainless steel dial plate. Dial face has two hour circles showing EST and EDST with Arabic numerals. Longitude correction is not included and there is no EOT information provided.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Horizontal Dial 182
Approximately 16 inch square metal horizontal dial with engraved dial face. Photo taken approximately 1965. Dial may have been removed. May required admission to Shelburne Museum.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Equatorial Dial 694
A 40 inch tall, helical, lens focusing projection equatorial dial of bronze and glass. A sliding time scale adjusts for longitude, DST and EOT. Cylindrical focusing mirrors project a sharply focused band of light on the inside of the helical time scale. This is a Precision Sundials Renaissance sundial. ECHO is an acronym for Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Equatorial Dial 719
A 6-1/2 foot tall, 4 foot diameter helical cylinder equatorial dial of self-weathering COR-TEN steel plate. The 2 foot long beveled edges of the two ends of the helix serve as gnomons, casting shadows for standard time and daylight saving time onto the interior surface. Time is indicated by the dominant shadow, top in summer and bottom in winter. Hour marks are shallow bored holes in the interior surface; no numerals are present but the noon mark is indicated by two small adjacent holes. The helical curved edges allow shadows to fall on the interior surface throughout the year as solar declination varies. An adjacent bronze plaque describes the dial and gives an EOT and longitude correction graph. Dial is supported by a curved COR-TEN steel plate allowing some springy motion.
 
 
Burlington Vermont USA Analemmatic Dial 506
A small table top analemmatic dial 31 x 23 inches, made of Rock Sandstone & gold-plated brass. Has sunrise and sunset seasonal markers. Date line divided into weeks.
 
 
Burmingham Pennsylvania USA Armillary Dial 358
An armillary dial in poor shape.
 
 
Burnaby British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 689
A simple horizontal dial with pipe gnomon in a gravel bed. Flush stone hour markers have raised Roman numerals; one hour marker is missing.
 
 
Burnsville North Carolina USA Vertical Dial 676
The Quilt Block Sundial, an 8x8 foot painted wood nearly-south facing vertical dial with a steel gnomon rod. Dial face consists of a bold quilt block pattern and includes Arabic hour numerals for local solar time, EST and EDT. Hour lines are corrected for longitude and EOT correction is provided by the profile of purple hills along the bottom of the dial. The star map at the top of the dial represents the starry sky at the first sunrise over the newly formed Yancy County on December 29, 1833. The dial declines 3? west of south. A 3 foot thick steel frame locates dial away from wall to clear roof overhang. This Quilt Block is one of over 150 colorful blocks painted on buildings along the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial 781
A school yard 6 by 4 meter analemmatic dial of pigmented concrete. The Sunclocks registered design has two hour ellipses, the outer one for standard time, the inner one for daylight saving time. The zodiac table is larger for the fall and winter periods so the design is really two sundials in one. Longitude correction is included. The plaque provides instructions in French and English and notes the dial marks the 50th anniversary of Ecole Banff Trail. The plaque instruction to stand on the current month is misleading; the user should straddle the dial centerline to avoid an offset error.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Horizontal Dial 661
A 9 inch diameter horizontal dial of Welsh green slate with brass gnomon. Hour lines show DST with longitude correction. Declination lines are shown for solstices and equinoxes. The gnomon includes a NASS logo. The dial sits atop a stone plinth with 12 inch diameter top. The original Sundial of Hope, sponsored by Child Find of Alberta, was placed in 1993 on an original plinth dating to before WW2. The simple dial installed in 1993 had been vandalized and the gnomon was missing. Roger Bailey designed and built this replacement dial to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the founding of NASS. The new dial was unveiled during the 2003 NASS Conference Sundial Tour.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial 666
An analemmatic dial with 14.8 foot major axis of concrete, pebble and rock with cast concrete hour markers. Hour lines are longitude corrected and mark DST. A Zodiac date line of colored concrete is inlaid on the dial face. Seasonal markers for sunrise and sunset are included.