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Sundial: 519
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Sculpture/Artwork Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 13.000' N  80° 30.000' W
  • At entrance to steel mill on route 60/718 (Broadway)
  • "Rising Rings" is a cast iron band 11 feet high by 17 feet in diameter with a hole that casts a beam of light onto a central ring monument on the equinoxes. The dial was commissioned by Dr. Swraj Paul, a steel mill owner, to honor his daughter Ambika who died in 1968 of leukemia at age four. This monument honors the inspiration her joy of life instilled in her father. At the central of the dial is a cast iron ring that holds a bronze image of her that is illuminated for several days twice a year. On two dates, Ambika's birthday and the anniversary of the mill's re-opening the noon sunlight passes through the circular opening in the larger ring and strikes markers on the inner ring. Miklos Simon created the portrait of Ambika mounted on the smaller ring.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Caparo Steel
  • Inscription: "An angel who changed our lives. Her love has been our guiding light."
  • Designer: Stephen Luecking
  • Builder: Stephen Luecking
  • Construction Date: 1994

Last Revised: 2017-06-16 12:31

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