Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Vancouver  

Sundial: 932
State/Province:  British Columbia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Poor
  Latitude and Longitude: 49° 18.167' N  123° 7.783' W
Location:
  • Stanley Park, Vancouver. Follow Stanley Park Dr counter-clockwise until you have passed the 'Girl In a Wetsuit' sculpture and Avison Way. Immediately after turn left into a small parking lot. Cross the road to the water and find the dial on the footpath.
 
Description:
  • This was once a very beautiful sundial sitting on a short concrete pedestal. Now it has a missing gnomon and the dial color is uniformly aquamarine except where the coating has been rubbed away to reveal a white substrate. Tapping the dial face makes a dull sound suggesting the dial is not metal and may be hollow. A possible explanation is that the dial could be made of some kind of cast resin or fiberglass and was then spray-painted. The dial face itself is elegantly sculpted into five sectors, showing clusters of flowers, berries and fruits, creating a pronounced 3D effect. Because of this, the hour lines are reduced to short ticks at the edge of the dial face. The dial shows solar hours, marked off using Roman numerals.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Vancouver (Vancouver Parks Board)
  • On pedestal plaque:
    "ALANA - SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW"
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
 

Last Revised: 2018-10-11 01:40
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