OOS Sculpture

Ohio University Sundial [Title Unknown]

1907 / Creator Unknown / Athens

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A bronze horizontal sundial sitting atop a granite pedestal. It features a figure of Father Time holding a scythe and a gnomon shaped like a bird.

The sundial marks the site of the first Ohio University building, which was erected in 1807 and razed in 1841. The sundial was installed on the 100th anniversary of the building's construction, in 1907.

The piece sits on the lawn in between Galbreath Chapel and University Terrace.

A few historical images can be found in the Source links below.

Location: Ohio University

County

: Athens

Citation

: “Ohio University Sundial [Title Unknown],” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 28, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1888.

Title

Ohio University Sundial [Title Unknown]

Description

A bronze horizontal sundial sitting atop a granite pedestal. It features a figure of Father Time holding a scythe and a gnomon shaped like a bird.

The sundial marks the site of the first Ohio University building, which was erected in 1807 and razed in 1841. The sundial was installed on the 100th anniversary of the building's construction, in 1907.

The piece sits on the lawn in between Galbreath Chapel and University Terrace.

A few historical images can be found in the Source links below.

Date

1907

Source

https://www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/sundial.html
Alumni with the sundial in 1909 (The caption attached to the photo is incorrect. See the item description below it.)
https://media.library.ohio.edu/digital/collection/archives/id/948/
Archival image of sundial
https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll32/id/14395/
North American Sundial Society:
https://sundials.org/sundial-registry/onedial/1009.html
1955 article from The Ohio Alumnus:
https://archive.org/details/ohioalumnusoctob351ohio/page/n19/mode/2up

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Installation Date

1907

Materials

Inscription

Dial plate: "Ohio University," Roman numerals, and small indicators of how to use the dial.
Plaque on base: "Site of first Ohio University building erected in 1807. Here Hon. Thomas Ewing was graduated in 1815, one of the first two graduates."