Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time
by Dominic Wilcox

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Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

London Design Festival 2011: a watch featuring a looter running off with a TV while a riot policeman stands and watches is one of a series of one-off, customised time pieces commissioned by Dezeen from Dominic Wilcox. Update: watch an interview with Wilcox on Dezeen Screen.

Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The series of seven sculptures, each featuring tiny, hand-crafted figures attached to the watch hands, will be exhibited at Dezeen Space in Shoreditch, London from 17 September to 16 October.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The Looter watch was inspired by the recent riots in London, which Wilcox witnessed first hand. Wilcox says: “I had to walk across Mare Street in Hackney to get home during the riots. I remember seeing a boy carrying an LCD TV down a back street. I noticed how the police seemed unsure how to react, holding their  circular shields while the boy held a rectangular TV."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The series also features a watch with a man so engrossed in his iPhone that he fails to notice an incredible feat of balance and strength occurring right next to him; and another with a young girl trying to stop a butcher killing a floating pig.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Each sculpture is a unique piece, based on a vintage watch and protected by a glass dome. The watches will be on sale for £500 + VAT = £600 each at Dezeen Space, at 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QN.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

See all our stories about Dominic Wilcox, including coat hooks made from paint-encrusted brushes and a nose-mounted device that allows you to use your smartphone while in the bath.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: London Looter. "A hooded youth sprints away with a 42 inch LCD TV while a riot policeman looks on."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: The unrequited handshake. "The outstretched hand of friendship is continually rejected."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Rest time. "A brief moment to sit."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: A man, engrossed in his iphone, is oblivious to the monkey balanced on the head of a weightlifting boy who stands on the arm of an elderly rollerskater. "That is the title."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Adventures of a young vegetarian OR Pigs shall fly. "A small girl attempts to stop a butcher chopping up a pig by hanging on his arm while the pig floats away."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Hide n seek. "A pig tailed girl hides behind a tree from a searching boy."

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Watch sweeper. "The numbers and hands of a watch are swept away by a watch sweeper."

Here's some text from Wilcox:


Watch sculptures: Moments in time by Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox has created a series of miniature time-based sculptures using a collection of vintage watches and customised model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Background info

Last September I undertook a project called Speed Creating (shown at the Anti design festival) where I made a new creative thing each day for 30 days. It was during that time that I came up with the idea of attaching figures onto the hands of watches. I decided I should take more time developing the idea so made the decision not to use it in the Speed Creating project.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Eight months later I showed a prototype to the people at Dezeen and they commissioned me to create a collection of these watch sculptures for September. I wanted to create a series of scenes and fleeting moments both observed and imagined. Playing with the idea of unending repetition.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The miniature figure on the second hand moves around constantly and the figure on the minute hand appears stationary. I spent time thinking about the relationship between the two people, how one passes another repeatedly and I tried to think about when that situation happens in real life or in an imagined scenario.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

I altered head and arm angles of found model figures and made objects such as the LCD tv with wire and plug. The glass domes are hand blown to fit each watch exactly.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348029140 Luca G C Cavaletti

    Love it!

  • http://lmnoq.com LMNOQ

    Fantastic and fresh.

  • http://twitter.com/CJEnglishTweets @CJEnglishTweets

    I'd put it on the Christmas list, I don't know the time, but a rioter took off with the list!

  • inct

    i love this story

  • https://www.facebook.com/IgorGold Igor Goldkind

    Tiny moments in time. The view of the events we are engrossed contained within tiny crystal bubbles of experience. Viewing our own lives from the outside in, from the vantage point of the swell of the time. Cute ;~)

  • JuiceMajor

    All the lovers of this work out there…would you wear it?

  • SK_ETCH

    timeless pieces