Architecture can sometimes be amazing and make buildings look creative and ethereal. Such is the case with The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) in Anthem, Arizona. It is a monument in honor of the service and sacrifice of the people who served in the military. What makes the monument even more special is that it’s “incomplete” 364 days per year. If you want to see its full bliss, you have to be there at a very specific time. The sun makes this sight rare and amazing on 11 November, Veterans day, the official United States public holiday that honors persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. BoredPanda compiled the photos from this incredible memorial.
“At precisely 11:11 a.m. Pacific Time each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States,” the city’s community council writes. “The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.”
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Those include the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.
“They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence.”
Can you imagine how much thought and consideration went into this building? A whole lot, actually.
“Each year, the center of the sun is slightly offset from other years by just a few horizontal or vertical arc-seconds relative to the timing of the required azimuth/altitude position of the sun,” AVM chief engineer Jim Martin explained.
“Using the statistical mean of the 100-year data, the altitude and azimuth angles for the structure were adjusted to provide time/error fluctuation of plus or minus 12 time seconds from the International Atomic Time mark of 11:11:11 a.m. We also checked the variance 500 years out, and if the structure is still standing, it will work.”
Do you believe the monument will still behave like this in 500 years time from now?
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