The Pinawa Heritage Sundial

Pinawa Heritage Sundial Conceptual Design
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The dial plate of the Pinawa Heritage Sundial is rectangular, 38.5 ft. wide (east-west) and 40.5ft. long (north-south). It consists of three parts, the central medallion, the inner dial and the outer dial. The central medallion and the outer dial area are constructed from polished granite tiles with images sandblasted into the surface of the stone. These icons are an important feature of the dial as they depict the history of our region. The inner dial is constructed of pavers that have been tumbled to give them an ancient look. The hour lines are made from used railroad track and the 15 minute markers are 0.5 inch diameter brass buttons set into the border pavers of both the inner and outer dials.

The layout of the hour lines is determined from the latitude and longitude of the sundial's location. The hour angles were calculated using a software spreadsheet. A sundial software design package was also used to determine the hour lines. The output of this software was then transferred into a computer aided drafting (CAD) software package. The hour angles were then compared to those obtained from the spreadsheet. The CAD package was used to generate all the detailed drawings for the project. This included drawings for the dial plate, the granite tiles, the gnomon, the track cutting details and the piles that support the gnomon.


Hour line layout for two dials.

The base of the dial plate is raised approximately 18 inches above the surrounding grade. This makes the dial a more prominent feature on a site that is relatively flat. The raised dial plate is bordered by a granite block retaining wall. A gentle ramp on the south end provides both pedestrian and wheelchair access.

The area surrounding the dial will be landscaped over time. Benches will give visitors a place to sit, relax and enjoy not only the sundial but also the beautiful view of the Winnipeg River not far away. If you would like to see the progress of our landscaping efforts please visit the "SITE" page.

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