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North American Sundial Society

Washington  

Sundial: 297
State/Province:  District of Columbia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 53.871' N  77° 01.361' W
Location:
  • Smithsonian National Art Museum in Penn Quarter on F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW
 
Description:
  • Bronze 36 in. sundial titled "Garden of Eden". Smithsonian notes: "In Garden of Eden Sundial, the long stick would indicate the time by casting a shadow on the numbers that line the inside of the sphere. Marie Louise Speed commissioned this depiction of the Garden of Eden to decorate private grounds surrounding her estate outside Louisville, Kentucky. In the scene, Adam and Eve grasp the fruit of knowledge that will drive them from paradise. Manship patterned Adam’s hair on the serpent’s scales to emphasize man’s fall from grace."
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • Paul Manship Sculp (c) 1941 Title: Garden of Eden
  • Designer: Paul Manship
  • Builder: Paul Manship
  • Construction Date: 1941
 
References: Web Links:
  • IAPS Listing, May 95

    Gift of estate of Paul Manship to the Smithsonian Institution 1966.

    The original plaster cast for the bronze is located at the Gerald Peters Gallery. It is signed by Paul Manship.

Last Revised: 2019-08-02 21:00
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