Westminster Chiming Grandfather Clock
by Ryan McElhinney


London designer Ryan McElhinney has made a grandfather clock covered in discarded plastic toys.

Called Westminster Chiming Grandfather Clock, the product was made by bonding the toys together and coating them in white polyurethane.

It chimes every 15 minutes.

See also:

Mc Elhinney's work exhibited at Trash Luxe at Liberty
Recycled Toy Furniture by Greg Lynn

The test below is from Ryan Mc Elhinney


The clock was a commission for a home on The Palms in Dubai.

It is 2.2 Meters tall and has a working Westminster Chime mechanism that chimes every 15 Minutes. The internal structure is an original grandfather clock.

It is made from toys that have been bonded together and then coated in a high gloss polyurethane white paint.

Each piece is one of a kind and made to my clients requirements. This allows me to place toys that my client may have played with in their childhood and tell a story.

Clients often tell me that even a year after receiving their sculpture that they discover new toy's that they had missed or press a button and find toys that light up and make noise.

Im now working on a series of Toy children that are made from toys and hold weapons. Im trying to highlight war and crime, and its effect on children today.

Posted on Sunday January 10th 2010 at 9:50 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • eye+

    thank god there is only one of these out there.

  • Sammi

    memory story….

  • Fantastic! I love a good insane timepiece.

  • Xit

    I hope Chuck Norris is in there because only he decides what time it is.

  • xtiaan

    ugly as sin, but interesting as all hell, I love it

  • core value

    chuck norris joke? what is this? 2005?

  • Hershey

    I think the Chuck Norris joke fits the design.

  • got to love chuck.

  • yrag

    A new design category— Comic Book Rocco!

    Very whimsical.

  • SCAQTony

    From the greatness of Rodin to the plastic of Ryan McElhinney – what heights we have taken this civilisation to?