Garden of Eden Sundial

  • Paul Manship, Garden of Eden Sundial, 1941, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.7

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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.

Title
Garden of Eden Sundial
Artist
Date
1941
On View
Dimensions
36 1/2 x 12 in. (92.7 x 30.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – Old Testament – Adam
  • Religion – Old Testament – Eve
Object Number
1966.47.7
Palette
Linked Open Data
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