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North American Sundial Society

Philadelphia  

Sundial: 229
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
  Latitude:   39° 59.004' N Longitude: 75° 12.612' W
Location:
  • Fairmont Park Horticulture Center
    19131 E. Belmont Ave., east end of 52nd St. Dr.
    West of the reflecting pool, between two raised gardens
 
Description:
  • Bronze horizontal dial by Alexander Stirling Calder. Local Hour lines plus EoT monthly corrections and differences between 12 world cities. Tip of gnomon appears damaged. The elegant pedestal sculpture is made of white marble and depicts 4 seated young women as the four seasons holding the dial plinth on their shoulders. The plinth itself is intricately carved with the animals of the zodiac. Height 42-inches, Diameter 50-inches. The dial was a gift of Mrs. Charles P. Turner, through the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) to the City of Philadelphia
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Philadelphia
  • Copyright 1906 by Alex Stirling Calder. Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your hour doth come.
  • Designer: Alexander Stirling Calder
  • Builder: Alexander Stirling Calder
  • Construction Date: created 1903, installed 1905
 
References: Web Links:
  • Public Art in Philadelphia, Penny Backin Bach, Temple Univ. Pr. 1992

    Sculpture of a city: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone. by Fairmount Park Assoc. NY, Walker Publ, 1984. p.217

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