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Gainesville  

Sundial 869
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   29° 39.4624' N Longitude:   82° 19.3296' W
Location:
  • Thomas Center
    302 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville FL 32601
    Grounds are open to the public

    Located on the south wall of Building B at the Grace and Sidney Knight outdoors Children's Theater area, about 100 feet south of the armillary dial and toward the east end of the building.
 
Description:
  • The oblong 28 inch long x 14 inch high vertical dial appears to be cast aluminum, painted black, but with much of the paint worn off. The dial plate is surrounded with a motif of decorative fish, star fish, shells and scales. The hour lines are most peculiar. The lines are numbered from 7am to 5pm, but there are two more morning and evening hour lines, none of which are horizontal that would be expected for 6am and 6pm. In laying a proper set of hour lines for latitude 29.658 on top of a photograph of the dial, the hours from 9am to 3pm appear nearly correct. The 8am and 4pm hour lines appear at what is really 8:30/3:30, the 7am and 5pm hour lines appear at what is really 8:00/4:00. The last two dial hour angles for morning or evening are totally irreconcilable. The brass gnomon, in the shape of a downward pointing arrow, is bent, but perhaps more disconcerting is that it is mounted on a pivot, indicating that it can be moved to different latitudes. The dial, although decorative, certainly is not a worthy timepiece.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs
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  • Construction Date: circa 1980
 
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