Sundial: 356
State/Province:  North Carolina Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Noon Mark or Meridian Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 36° 01.144' N  78° 55.261' W
  • North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
    Technical school address: 1219 Broad Street, Durham, NC
    The sculpture is on the campus, alongside Hill Street
  • Called "Gnomon", this large sculpture consisting of two monoliths made of steel-reinforced concrete slabs laid nearly next to each other along one edge. This produces a thin slit between them,with both leaning against a third slab. If one could look down on this from an airplane, it appears as an arrowhead pointing south. At local noon, sunlight passing through the slit falls on the edge of the third slab.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: State of North Carolina
  • "Designed by Thomas Syre [sic!], this sculpture, deemed "Gnomon" after the Greek word for pointer, was installed in 1985 as part of the state's Art in Public Places program. To students and alumni alike, it stands as one of NCSSM's most iconic landmarks."
  • Designer: Thomas Sayre of Raleigh, NC
  • Builder: Thomas Sayre of Raleigh, NC
  • Construction Date: 1985
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  • Photos were taken by Robert Erickson of Durham in 2020

Last Revised: 2020-03-12 20:10