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North American Sundial Society

Fort Wayne  

Sundial: 956
State/Province:  Indiana Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 5.482' N  85° 8.355' W
Location:
  • Science Central, located at 1950 N. Clinton Street (Route 27) south of Elizabeth Street
 
Description:
  • According to WPTA-21 news, "This odd looking nine thousand pound chunk of limestone is a scientific instrument, a sundial unlike any you’ve seen." It is an equatorial dial but with a parabolic shaped equatorial for telling time. The reason for the odd shape? "The shadow cast by a stainless steel bar moves across the dial face telling time not just in Fort Wayne but also half a world away in Takaoka, Japan, one of Fort Wayne’s Sister Cities. A half-size version of the same sundial in Takaoka does the same thing."

    The sundial was designed and carved in 1980 by sculptor Tim Doyle. Originally located in front of the Arts United Building and then moved to storage. WPTA-21 news reports that "After twelve years in storage it was restored by Fort Wayne sculptor Cary Shaffer and a few weeks ago reinstalled at Science Central with a mission to instruct as well as inform."
 
General Information:
  • Owner: City of Fort Wayne
  • Designer: Tim Doyle
  • Builder: Tim Doyle - restored by Cary Shafer
  • Construction Date: 1980 and reistalled 24 April 2019
 
References: Web Links:
  • “So I think it’s really cool to be able to teach the general public the different way that humanity has tried to understand the natural world around us,” says Science Central’s Justin McAfee, “and here at Science Central we’re all about understanding the
    natural world.”

    Construction photo by Rachel Von of The Journal Gazette. All others by Mark Montgomery

Last Revised: 2019-06-16 17:13
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