COST OF STONE
The cost of the 14 standing stones for the enlarged Sunwheel is close to $25,000. These 8'-10' tall standing stones total 56 tons of granite, and are from the CHESTER GRANITE COMPANY in East Otis, Massachusetts, located about 45 miles west of Amherst.
These stones are
NATURAL STANDING STONES, cut only on the bottom so that they have a flat surface to stand on.
To see photographs of the standing stones while still at quarry, click here.
COST OF ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Considerable ground preparation is necessary before the tall standing stones can be placed in position and properly aligned.
Holes must be dug at 12 precisely determined locations. These holes must be 4' deep, lined with a
black fabric called GEOTEXTILE, which is permeable to water, but not to
fine dirt and soil. The foundation holes are then filled with 3/4" CRUSHED STONE, which is then
compacted to prevent settling after the tall stones are aligned.
stone which fills the foundation holes total 51 tons. Finally, STAINLESS
STEEL PINS, 1" in diameter and 2' long, are used to anchor each standing
stone to a 1' thick granite slab isitting at ground level under each stone.
These slabs are sawed flat on the top and bottom, providing a flat
surface for the tall stones to stand on, and they are 1' larger in all
directions than the standing stones in order to distribute the weight.
design, approved by Dr. Don DeGroot of the U.Mass. Dept. of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, should provide both safety and stability, and
ensure that the accurate alignments of the stones will be preserved. A diagram showing the
stone foundation design is shown below.
COST OF CONSTRUCTION
Overall, the cost (stone, materials, construction, labor, the exhibit, a stone path for access,
The grant from the National Science Foundation provided $35,000 toward
the Sunwheel, so an aditional $15,000-$20,000 must be raised.
To make a donation, or
purchase a T-shirt or sweatshirt, contact me at:
ics and Astronomy
The designs available for the T-shirts and sweatshirts, are shown below.
The designs are entitled "Day of the Winter Solstice" (left) and "Summer Solstice Sunset" (right). To order shirts,
DONORS TO THE SUNWHEEL PROJECT
I am grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their contributions
to and funding of the Sunwheel Project:
STATE and FEDERAL FUNDING:
Chancellor David Scott, University of Massachusetts
Healey Endowment, University of Massachusetts
Diane Amsterdam and Michael Childs
David and Jessica Barrington
Mary and Herbert Bernstein
Jeff and Marilyn Blaustein
Ruth and Moe Burg
Barbara and Michael Burkart
Callie and Steve Daniel
Joy and Al Davol
Lynn and Bruce Douglas
Ruth Dow, in memory of Dr. Clyde W. Dow (U.Mass. instructor, late 1930's)
Rebecca Cornwall Galkiewicz
Elliott Gilberg and Deborah Brouse
Marcia and Sheldon Goldman
Mary and Emil Grieshaber
Yaffa and Haim Gunner
Riley Hendrickson -- in memory of Jeanne Heine
Lucy and Gene Herring
Fred and Hariett Hirschenfang
Chris and Anne Hoffman
Renu and Saju Joseph
Anita and Dave Klaimann
lene and Nelson Lacey
Caden and Lewis Mainzer
Phil and Phyllis Morrison
Benjamin Northrup and Shahrzad Yamin
N. Janeen and Mitchell Resnick
Paul Rodman and Toni Deser
Dulcie Trowbridge's 6th Grade Class
Allan and Donna Rubin
David and Michelle Rubin
Robert and Vera Rubin
Molly and Mike Schuchat
Victor Shargai and John Aniello
Margot Stein and Myriam Klotz
Gerald Strauss and Daphne Patai
Jennie Traschen and David Castor
Doug Trumbull and Ann Vidor
Huan Chung Tseng
U.Mass. Craft Center
Susan and Richard Wax
Lucille and Web Weber
The Order of the Whiteoak
Kathleen and Allen Williams
James Young and Lori Friedman