The Kirk Sundial is made of marble, bronze and limestone. It was the first feature introduced into a long expanse of unbroken lawn that formed the original Marine Parade gardens.
Designed by Napier architect Louis Hay, this decorative landscaping feature was a gift from J.R. Kirk, a former Mayor of Gisborne who was impressed by the spirit of rehabilitation following the earthquake of 1931.
On the bronze plaques on the limestone base:
Calamity is Man's True Touchstone
The gift of J. R, Kirk Esq MBE 1933.
On the marble face of the sundial:
Smiles equal sunshine in helping folks along.
On the square base below the sundial face:
Serene I stand amidst the flowers to tell of the passing of the hours.
Marine Parade Gardens.
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