Spot a Clock: Armillary Sphere at Wisconsin Memorial Park

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is the Armillary Sphere at Wisconsin Memorial Park, the cemetery located at 13235 West Capitol Drive in Brookfield. Wisconsin Memorial Park was founded in 1929.

Fountains, statues and other artistic features can be found throughout the grounds. The Garden of the Apostles was the first garden crypt area in the state. It was developed in 1956 and includes four original bronze statues, each of which is eight feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds.

Sundials, symbolic of the timelessness of the heavens, are a common fixture in cemeteries. This Armillary Sphere is located in the northeastern portion of the grounds. Related to Equatorial Sundials, an Armillary Sphere is designed to represent the celestial sphere. Like all Armillary Spheres, this one displays the hours of the day along its equator, and casts a shadow with a gnomon oriented parallel with the Earth’s axis. It includes the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. More or-nate versions often include the plane of the ecliptic with zodiac symbols, and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

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The Mart on September 24 is at a new location.

Please note, our new location is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. There is ample parking in their lot. The hall is very similar in amenities. Come join us for the September meeting and see our new location. Also note the dates have already been assigned for 2018, and November 2017’s meeting has a new date, see Events Page.

Robert Olney is going to do a presentation at the September 24th meeting on collecting American Military Clocks of WWII.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19th meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

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