Spring 2009 Newsletter
The BPAA Sundial Project
Simulated placement of the Sundial courtesy Bill Baran-Mickle)
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Russell M. Heglund, BPAA Secretary
The installation of a large bowstring Sundial on the berm to the north of the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park, has been a BPAA goal for over a year. At the February Board Meeting the BPAA Board accepted a design proposed by Bainbridge Artist Bill Baran-Mickle. It will be approximately 10 feet high, set on a stone base, built of metal, and resemble a crescent moon. We plan to include a built-in analemma* feature and explanatory plaques on or near the base. Later, after installation, we hope to add a plaza around the Sundial, displaying solar and solar system information.
Now that we’ve approved the Sundial design, we need to raise the money to build and install it. We plan to apply for grants and look for individual contributions. Interested parties can contact BPAA through our web site (www.bpastro.org) or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*A record of the sun’s position at the same time and place, as it changes throughout the year.