Team effort preserves university's sundial

The Taurus is back where it belongs.

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Slide 1: Miami staff, students and alumni collaborated to replace a piece of the university’s iconic sundial.

Slide 2: When the sundial’s Taurus bull was stolen, Dan Accrocco, Miami project manager, was tasked with replacing it.

Slide 3: He found that Karl Reiff, mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and two of Reiff’s graduate assistants could help.

Slide 4: “I’ve always been interested in the intersection of art and engineering, as there are many overlaps in processes,” Reiff said.

Slide 5: First, someone needed to use a photo of the Taurus to create a handmade clay cast of it.

Slide 6: That’s where alumnus Bill Greene (Miami ’72, MFA ’78) came in.

Slide 7: Reiff (Miami ’94, M.Ed. ’17) and then-students Paul Goetz and Roan Kirwan (Miami ’19) constructed a rubber mold from the clay cast.

Slide 8: They poured hot wax into it, creating wax castings.

Slide 9: Accrocco taped a wax casting on the sundial to mark the mounting holes.

Slide 10: At Verdin Bell Co., the wax casting was put into a two-piece mold filled with a sand-type mixture.

Slide 11: Once the mixture hardened, the wax casting was removed and a space shaped like the Taurus was left.

Slide 12: Molten metal was poured into the top half of the mold.

Slide 13: After 3-4 days of cooling, the final product was complete.

Slide 14: “This project made me aware of how much expertise there is within our campus,” Accrocco said.

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