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Garden of Eden Sundial

1941 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 36 1/2 x 12 in. (92.7 x 30.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W320


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Paul Manship created a number of monumental sundials during his career, including one for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A sundial works by projecting a shadow that moves as the Earth rotates around the sun. In Garden of Eden Sundial, the long stick would indicate the time by casting a shadow on the numbers that line the inside of the sphere. Marie Louise Speed commissioned this depiction of the Garden of Eden to decorate private grounds surrounding her estate outside Louisville, Kentucky. In the scene, Adam and Eve grasp the fruit of knowledge that will drive them from paradise. Manship patterned Adam’s hair on the serpent’s scales to emphasize man’s fall from grace.

Keywords

Object - other - sundial

Religion - Old Testament - Adam

Religion - Old Testament - Eve

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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