The University Record, January 21, 2002

Bundle up for winter in Michigan

The bronze SAI Sundial, near the pond next to the School of Music on the North Campus, represents more than just a means to tell time. Commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, and designed by Richard C. Hill, the piece’s fundamental design, often called an armillary, is highlighted by a treble clef. While only a segment of an armillary sphere is represented here, complete spheres historically have represented a skeleton celestial globe with curved arms as the horizon, meridian, equator, tropics, polar circles and an elliptic hoop. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)