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North American Sundial Society

Ottawa  

Sundial: 449
State/Province:  Ontario Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Globe or Hemispheric Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 45° 27.037' N  75° 41.253' W
Location:
  • Originally at Rideau Falls Park, dial has been moved to Rockcliffe Park Pavillion on Rockcliffe Driveway
 
Description:
  • This hemispherium dial is a dramatic modern sculpture. The 32 inch quarter hemisphere is carved into the edge of a 40 inch cube of dark granite tilted to conform to its latitude of 45.5° , and set upon a rough concrete pedestal of slightly smaller dimension. The gnomon is a
    thin metal arrow protruding from the top face of the dark granite block to the center of the sphere. Hours are indicated by hewn lines about 8 inches long. Produced as a Canadian Centennial Project in 1967.

    Funding for the project was provided by an elderly man, Max Florence. When filing his income tax, he sent all his life savings to the Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau saying "You might as well take it all!". This was treated as a gift to Canada and used to created the dial as a Centennial project in 1967.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: National Capital Commission
  • Inscribed, "Max Florence 2067 AD"
  • Designer: Art Price
  • Builder: Through a donation by Max FlorenceMax Florence
  • Construction Date: 1967
 

Last Revised: 2016-07-29 20:00
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