Rising Rings – by Stephen Luecking
Cast iron band / 8′ x 12′ x 18′
The sundial has a hole that casts a beam of light into the central ring monument on the equinoxes.
Momorail of Ambika Paul. Commissioned by Lord Swaraj Paul, founder of Caparo Steel.
Location: Caparo Steel, Farrell, Pennsylvanis.
The”Rising Rings” sundial was commissioned by Dr. Swraj Paul, a steel mill owner, to honor his daughter Ambika who died in 1968 of leukemia at age four. This monument honors the inspiration her joy of life instilled in her father. At the central of the dial is a cast iron ring that holds a bronze image of her that is illuminated for several days twice a year. On two dates, Ambika’s birthday and the anniversary of the mill’s re-opening the noon sunlight passes through the circular opening in the larger ring and strikes markers on the inner ring. Miklos Simon created the portrait of Ambika mounted on the smaller ring.