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North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of North America

This is a selected listing of sundials in the North American Sundial Society Registry. Click on any dial thumbnail picture or city name to display the full dial description with additional information and images.

 

Idaho

 
Boise Idaho USA Equatorial Dial Dial 344
Equatorial dial 5 ft high, 6 ft. wide and 4 ft. deep. The dial was designed by Pete Swanstrom, built and donated by JST Custom Fabrication Inc. of Boise. The gnomon is of unusual design with a central pivoting elliptical plate and analemmatic cut out. The analemma is marked with 365 individual date marks. Shadow falls on equatorial ring with hours marked from 7am to 7pm and inscribed with lines for every minute (spaced 1/7 inch apart). Indicates time to less than 15 seconds, making it among the most accurate sundials in the world. Indicates true time to the minute, date to the day, and adjusts for Daylight saving time. The Latin inscription should read "Tempus Captum" rather than "Tempus Captus".
 
 
Coeur d'Alene Idaho USA Horizontal Dial Dial 812
In 2013 the city of Coeur d'Alene began a $20M renovation of downtown McEuen Park, a 22-acre expanse, to include a large sundial. But shortly after the renovation started, the city commissioners were told the $51,000 that was to be spent on the sundial was instead to be used to install heavier electrical infrastructure for support of major park events. Fortunately by the end of 2013, the City Staff announced that the sundial was added back to the park's plan, made possible by a $50,000 donation from Parkwood Business Properties.
 
 
Ketchum Idaho USA Gnomonic or Projection Dial Dial 582
This sundial was never finished. Update 8/10/2007 from Brad Needham: Thanks for the question about the Ketchum sundial. It's a puzzling work, and it took me quite a few Google searches to find a bit of the story: evidently a local (to the Ketchum area) sculptor submitted a sundial design to the city, and somehow the deal fell apart after the dial was made but before the sculptor finished the gnomon. So Ketchum is left with all the markers in the street intersection for the equinox, the noon summer and winter solstices, and an analemma (of some sort), but no gnomon to make it all work.
 
 
Pocatello Idaho USA Vertical Dial Dial 742
A south-facing vertical dial split into two sculptures separated by a walking path. The dial faces are vertical powder coated steel sculptures with cut hour lines. The gnomons are travertine limestone blocks with the top edges pointing to celestial north. The edges of the gnomon stones cast the shadow onto the vertical dial faces. One dial face shows the morning hours, the other shows the afternoon hours. The gnomon styles extend to both sides of each dial face allowing extended time and season use. This sculpture, "PASSAGE OF TIME," was commissioned by the City of Pocatello to represent Pocatello as the "Gate City," historically known as the gateway to the Snake River Plains. The meandering sidewalk path represents passage through both time and space.
 
 
Twin Falls Idaho USA Equatorial Dial Dial 839
This beautiful stainless steel equatorial is approximately 1m in diameter with brass inlay for the equatorial time, divided down to the minute. This is also an analemmic sundial where the brass gnomon is cut out in the shape of an analemma allowing the user to directly correct for the equation of time. The analemma is marked with 365 individual date marks.
 
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