Sunday, 13 November 2011

'Grandfather Clock' by Maarten Baas

I saw this piece of work in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam by Maarten Baas and was blown away. I love the concept and the idea. It is not only a functional clock, but an interactive, realistic and thought-provoking piece of art.



Behind a screen in what appears to be a clock shaped box, a man writes the time and rubs it out every minute over a twelve hour period which is then played on loop to tell the time. This was filmed in real time. Apart from just adjusting the time, you can see the person's character through his vague shadow during the minute in which he waits for his next move. 


At one point, you could even see him smoking a cigarette which is just sheer awesome. I wish I could've stayed longer to see what else he would do: eat? yawn? stretch? This is definitely one of the best pieces of art I've seen in a long time and I'd love to own this in my home :D

Check out the ten minute video below:

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