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Elmira  

Sundial 810
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Alignment Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   42° 05.25' N Longitude:   76° 50.417' W
Location:
  • 333 East Water Street
    Elmira, New York 14901
    Centered in the Elmira Savings Bank Plaza
 
Description:
  • 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.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Arnot Realty Corp
  • The Sun Triangle
    The edges of the Sun Triangle point to positions of the sun at solar noon in Elmira
    The bottom edge points to the sun's lowest position on the winter solstice at noon about December 21st.
    The top edge points to the sun on the spring and fall equinoxes at noon about March 21st and September 23rd.
    The steepest edge points to the sun's highest position on the summer solstice at noon about June 21st.
  • Designer: Athelstan Spilhaus
  • Builder: Metal Fabricators Brooklyn New York
  • Construction Date: March 1977
 
 
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