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Selected Sundials of Michigan

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Kalamazoo Michigan USA Combination Dial 733
A combination horizontal, vertical, polar and equatorial dial 4 x 5 x 6 foot tall made of drilled aluminum plate with rod gnomon. The vertical plate shows the EOT graph and depiction of Earth showing polar tilt, celestial equator and Earth equator using drilled holes. The bottom plate below the equatorial face includes a compass rose that also shows the direction of sunrise and sunset at the solstices. All dial faces are marked using Arabic numerals with hour and 15 minute marks. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is open most days and charges an admission fee.
 
 
Lansing Michigan USA Vertical Dial 923
This is a vertical, east-declining sundial, 22 ft 6 in by 15 ft 10 in. The dial is constructed of 6061 aluminum alloy pieces electrostatically painted and bolted together,then mounted on a concrete block wall. The position of the gnomon, hour, solstice, and equinoctial lines are corrected for longitude to show time zone solar time. Stenciled hour line numbers are changed to display DST or EST at appropriate times of the year. Visitors can determine the correct time by referring to an Equation of Time display. During the year, the triangular gnomon tip casts its shadow on the declination lines of summer and winter solstices and equinoxes. This is the largest known vertical sundial in Michigan, and one of the largest in the United States.
 
 
Mackinac Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 183
ca 16 in. square Brass Roman Numerals Three stars at south end of gnomon, Roman numerals 5AM-7PM, hour lines with arrow heads. Dial sits atop a tapered white column.
 
 
Saline Michigan USA Vertical Dial 631
A north-facing vertical dial of wood approximately 30 inches square with steel gnomon. Gnomon support includes "M M" representing 2000 millennium. Dial face includes script "RJ" for owner's initials as well as additional "M M" symbology. Hour markings show Eastern Standard Summer Time. Dial is displayed during summer months only, during which time it can be seen from the street. Dial is on private property but can seen from a public street.
 
 
Traverse City Michigan USA Analemmatic Dial 494
This beautiful analemmatic dial was built as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects' 100 years/100 Parks project. A colored concrete pad was poured on the north/south axis and scored joints for each month. Stainless steel plates show the name of the months. On either side of the concrete pad are dry laid flagstones with creeping thyme in the joints. Hour markers are 12 inch diameter colored concrete bases with numbers cut from stainless steel. A stained glass sun plaque at the top of the month axis was made by a local artisan. Total dial size is about 10 x 20 feet.
 
 
Warren Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 269
Horizontal dial 16 ft in diameter with 6 ft gnomon. The Sundial is pyramid shaped, painted in four different shades of yellow and white. Two sighting tubes along slanted upper edge. Sundial sits in center of circular concrete base with brick facing.
 
 
White Lake Michigan USA Analemmatic Dial 758
A 20 x 10 foot concrete analemmatic dial with Arabic numeral hour markers for 3 AM to 9 PM. A single central date line is painted on the dial face. Segmented raised seating surrounds the dial; slump stone block pillars mark the cardinal directions. A raised plaque provides dial information and directions for use.
 
 
Ypsilanti Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 346
The original horizontal dial and gnomon of 1909 was cast aluminum, very rare for a turn of the century dial, and have been assigned a safe place in history in the EMU archives. The new sundial face is weathered brass and copper. The sundial is being replaced on campus after a 30 year absence and recent rediscovery. The granite face of the sundial plinth under the metal base has directional lines indicating major cities in Michigan, Ohio, and around the United States. The original 1908 granite pedestal about 4 ft. high is still used.
 
 
Ypsilanti Michigan USA Vertical Dial 379
A 10x15 foot vertical wall dial. On a stucco wall, the dial is tile with an aluminum gnomon. This dial atop Sherzer observatory is scheduled for repainting and renumbering. A new and larger brass gnomon is in the works as well. The newer campus landmark is visible from as far away as Wasahtenaw Avenue.