Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

San Francisco  

Sundial: 20
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Recliner Condition:  Good
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  • Facing the De Young art museum in Golden Gate Park
  • Known as the "Navigators' Dial", this sundial is dedicated to three early explorers of the California coast. The dial itself is a sliced bronze globe of the earth sitting on the back of a tortoise. Overall, the globe hemisphere is about 2 1/2 feet in diameter, showing the world in relief centered on California. The flat face of the hemisphere is a beautiful vertical reclining dial. The dial sits atop a stone column. DIAL HAS BEEN REMOVED during remodeling of the De Young art museum - Apr 2002
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of San Francisco
  • Inscribed "Horam Sole Nolente Nego"
  • Designer: M. Earl Cummings
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