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Clock by Christiaan Postma

Milan 08: Clock by Christiaan Postma consists of more than 150 synchronised clock mechanisms, which rotate metal bars that briefly align to spell the appropriate time (click to play the movie above to see how it works).


Postma showed the project at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.


"The starting point with this project was a personal study about form and time," says Postma. "I put together more than 150 individual clockworks and made them work together to become one clock. I show the progress of time by letting the numbers be written in words by the clockworks. Reading clockwise, the time being is visible through a word and readable by the completeness of the word, 12 words from 'one' to 'twelve'.


"The word “three” completely appears when it’s exactly 3 o’clock and will then transform again as time passes. The word “four” begins to appear and at exactly 4 o’clock the word “four” is clearly visible. The word “three” is by then totally vanished and no longer readable."

The clock measures 140 x 140 cm.