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Sheng Sundial

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The Samuel S.T. Chen Fine Arts Center, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.

Rising 20 feet from the lower plaza, this meridian dial faces true north- south. So aligned, it is off axis from the street grid of the campus and the building. This provides a strong axial tension to the art center’s entrance and creates a physical sense of place.

The dial is read on the east face in the morning and on the west face in the afternoon.

On a smaller scale, the Sheng sundial is suitable for a garden or home. The word Sheng comes from the Chinese ideogram which means well or ascending which resembles the graphic profile of this sculpture.

Painted aluminum