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Forever Light
The sun will trace an infinity symbol on a new campus sundial

By Pippa Jack / May/June 2019
May 10th, 2019
Photograph of a student welding the sculpture
Photo: Elizabeth Austin ’20

To install the new sundial at the Engineering Research Center plaza, the students who designed it will be looking for a sunny day in early May. That’s so they can check positioning for the device, which looks like a large figure eight and is twisted to form a Möbius strip. On its curves, the noon sun will trace an infinity symbol throughout the year.

Charlie Giancarlo ’79, whose donation made the project possible, hit on the idea of a sundial; students came up with the concept and worked with a specialized company to design and build it. At one point, “our fabricators let me perform a small weld on the sculpture, a great experience,” says David Schurman ’20, pictured, who managed the project with others from the student-led Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) group.

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