Thursday, February 3, 2011

I Am The Ticking

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new... but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?

The clockface on the Torre dell'Orologio
Piazza San Marco, Venice
photo by Peter J StB Green

Clock with Heads of Prophets (a 24-hour, instead of 12-hour, clock)
Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence
by Paolo Uccello, 1443

Clock in the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, France
photo by Didier B (Sam67fr)

Diptych sundial in the form of a lute (Diptych sundials are portable. Like pocket watches. Sort of.)
circa 1612

The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj
photo by Maros Mraz

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Marienplatz, Munich
Photograph by Douglas Wacker

Clyde Clock
Glasgow, Scotland
by George Wyllie

The Wells Cathedral clock
photo by Cormullion

* How to make sundials and a sundial FAQ
* The Human Clock Several years ago, our family took a couple of photos for this. I think there's one of our dog!
* Wondering about different time zones? The World Clock: Time Zones
* The world's largest clock is in Japan
* Another cool clock: Zytglogge tower in Bern, Switzerland
* The story of Jens Olsen's world clock (here's a photo of it)

How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on.
~Zall's Second Law

1 comment:

parkway driver/driveway parker said...

Oh, love these clocks. Amazing examples of mechanical imagination doubling as works of art.

Especially intrigued by the diptych sundial "lute" and the Prague astronomical clock.