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Sundial 862
State/Province:  Virginia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   36° 59.0832' N Longitude:   76° 24.318' W
Location:
  • Discover STEM Academy
    (Magruder Elementary School)
    1725 Chestnut Ave, Newport News, VA
    Vertical dial is on the gymnasium wall facing the playground. On the playground is an analemmatic sundial as well
 
Description:
  • This vertical dial declines 28 degrees east, and was commissioned as educational artwork for the new Discover STEM Academy (Magruder Elementary School). The dial is 21 feet wide and 14 feet tall consisting of quarter inch by 3 inch aluminum planks for the hour lines and 4 inch aluminum pieces for the solstices and equinox lines. The hour lines are adjusted for longitude, with stainless steel Arabic numerals showing the time from 6am to 2pm at the bottom of each hour line. The gnomon is a 2 inch rod 40 inches long with a 6-inch nodus ball set back slightly from the rod end. The gnomon is held to the wall by an 18 inch yellow sun.

    On the school playground is a painted 16 foot wide analemmatic sundial with hour marks from 5am to 7pm. No longitude correction is applied.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Newport News Public School System
  • Designer: R.L. Kellogg for Grimm & Parker, Architects
  • Builder: Mike Petteys & Wayne Sikora of Oyster Point Construction
  • Construction Date: May 10th, 2017
 

Last Revised: 2017-05-10 22:15