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Summerland  

Sundial: 952
State/Province:  British Columbia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Armillary Sphere Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 49° 36.502' N  119° 39.143' W
Location:
  • The dial is located a few meters west of the bandstand at Peach Orchard Beach Park, Lakeshore Drive S., Summerland, BC.
 
Description:
  • A steel patinaed armillary sphere about 1.5m in diameter, mounted on a low boulder. The dial is marked by roman numerals etched completely through the thick equatorial band. Large holes form the hour moment, with smaller holes for the half and quarter hours. The meridian ring also serves as support for the dial. In addition are arctic and antarctic rings. A ball at the center of the dial has outlines of the continents, reflecting its status as a representation of the Earth at the center of the celestial sphere. The design of a slot mechanism allows the equatorial ring to be rotated by 15° for Daylight Saving Time. A simple Equation of Time plaque attached the boulder has explanatory notes allows correction to civil time.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: District of Summerland
  • "This monument to the sun was created for The City of Summerland by Sunsmith Design."
  • Designer: Nathan Smith, Sunsmith Design
  • Builder: Nathan Smith, Sunsmith Design
  • Construction Date: 2009
 
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  • The armillary is similar to other dials by the same artist Nathan Smith at Calgary Zoo, AL (# 953) and at the Oso Negro Cafe in Nelson, BC (#584). The likeness of the dials appearance is both artistic and the desire to provide daylight saving time adjustment.

Last Revised: 2019-05-30 19:25
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