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Richmond  

Sundial: 994
State/Province:  Virginia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 37° 32.374' N  77° 26.068' W
Location:
  • At the Richmond State Capitol in Square near 9th street and across the street from the State Supreme Court Building
 
Description:
  • A large circular plaza holds 7 life sized bronze statues of influential Virginia women during the last 400 years. The plaza will eventually feature 5 more life-size bronze statues. Dedicated in Oct 2019 this monument is a work in progress with other women still to be recognized. In the center of the plaza on a wide circular granite pedestal is a bronze horizontal sundial. In addition to the normal dial furniture of compass rose, inscriptions, site latitude & longitude, and a chapter ring with the hours from 5am to 7pm there is additional information: points of interest in Virginia shown around the dial in the outer chapter ring. Each location is listed by name, azimuth, and distance from the Capitol site. Underneath the style of the gnomon is a bronze Northern Cardinal, the state bird of Virginia.

    This beautiful dial is currently marred by the misspelling of Loudoun County, now referred to as a "monumental mistake". The Women's Monument, commissioned by the Virginia Department of General Services, negotiated two contracts with local artists on behalf of the Virginia Women's Monument Commission who raised more the $3.7 million for this monument.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Virginia Department of General Services
  • Designer: 1717 Design Group
  • Builder: Studio EIS of New York
  • Construction Date: Dedicated Oct 14, 2019
 
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Last Revised: 2019-10-23 19:25

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