Texas Instruments Sundial

  • Client Texas Instruments / Location Dallas, TX / Design LSCO, DG2

Standing as one of the world’s largest and most precise sundials, this ‘technological stonehenge’ at Texas Instruments’ Semiconductor Headquarters celebrates the company’s technological milestones and global leadership. Twelve pylons with icons ranging from the integrated circuit to nano-electronics are etched in glass, and time markers in the form of bollards have dual-time reading. This monumental plaza has become popular with employees who use it regularly, while night-time visitors are able to follow the angled needle (gnomen) looking skyward and find the North star. After mathematical calculations were translated to plan, the field installation was carefully implemented using two of TI’s early tools – a surveying transit and transistor radio – corroborating the terrain angle and exact time. The gnomen was designed to cast a narrow shadow field, which is intuitively measured at its center for a precise time reading.

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