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Sundial: 904
State/Province:  NY Country:  US
Dial Type:  Analemmatic Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 43° 5.997' N  77° 26.210' W
  • Along the Erie Canal Walking Path at the entrance to Thomas Creek Nature Area, just east of the Parker Street Bridge.
  • This analemmatic sundial was created in 2017, 200 years after construction on the Erie Canal began. Artist Vanessa Sheldon "created the sundial [hour marks] using salvaged canal stones [from Erie Canal Lock 58]." According to WHAM News the sundial was unveiled by the Fairport Industrial Development Agency and Fairport Public Art Committee. Funding for the project was partially paid for by a $50,000 matching grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Fairport Industrial Development Agency and Fairport Public Art Committee
  • Plaque of Instructions to use the Analemmatic Sundial
    And: The limestone blocks were donated by Wayne & Janice Smith of Palmyra "From the 2nd generation enlarged Erie Canal Lock 58, built in 1849. Lock 58 was one of 3 closely spaced locks in the Newark Flight that lifted westbound boats 24 feet in a horizontal distance of less than 1/4 mile" Canal Society of NY State
  • Designer: Vanessa Sheldon
  • Builder: Vanessa Sheldon
  • Construction Date: 2017

Last Revised: 2018-07-31 19:52

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