n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The Swallow Park sundials




The Hermanus Astronomy Centre recently erected a pair of back-to-back sundials in Swallow Park in the centre of Hermanus as part of the upgrading of this historical public park by the Ward committee. Since these two are intended to be the first of many different design sundials to be erected in Hermanus by the HAC, the designs were purposefully chosen to be "unusual" to illustrate the point that even unfamiliar designs and orientations give the same end result. Their location in a freely accessible public park dictated material choice to be as vandal-proof as possible: Engraved polished granite for the sundial faces, gnomons as small as possible in stainless steel and explanatory plaques firmly epoxied onto a sandstone-dressed plinth that matches the style of the benches and other structures in the park.


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