Human Sundial in St. Ignace May Be The Most Impressive Clock in Michigan
Plan to make a detour on your next trip "Up North". Once you've crossed the Mighty Mack and before you make your way to the famous Castle Rock, make sure you allow time for a stop at Chief Wawatam Park in St. Ignace.
Once inside the park you'll find a mesmerizing and immersive attraction as you become part of a large human-sized sundial! There's something about this installation that just fascinates me. According to science site LifeLab.org here's how it works:
To use it a person stands on the appropriate month marked on the ground and their shadow is cast on a numbered marker that tells the time.
It's definitely worth a stop if you're out exploring St. Ignace or waiting for the nearby Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry! Even more impressive is the fact that the sundial is so big you can even see it via satellite image:
About Chief Wawatam
Chief Wawatam was a 1700s Ojibwa chief who famously rescued English fur trader Alexander Henry and the two quickly became close to maintain relations between the tribe and the British.