TIME FRAMED

A clock that’s more about med­i­ta­tive mo­ments than pass­ing min­utes.

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A clock that’s more about med­i­ta­tive mo­ments than pass­ing min­utes

No one re­ally wants to be re­minded of the cold pas­sage of time, but when it comes in a form as hyp­notic as artist Flo­rian Sch­lumpf’s ki­netic sculp­ture, it’s hard to ig­nore. The Wall Ma­chine, now on dis­play (and avail­able for or­der) at the MB&F M.a.d.gallery in Geneva, is es­sen­tially a wall clock in a frame, with all the fine fin­ishes you’d ex­pect from a Swiss time­piece.

Mea­sur­ing ap­prox­i­mately 2.1m by 2.2m, the black fil­i­gree frame houses hand-fin­ished black and gold an­odised gears, and a mir­ror­pol­ished gold pen­du­lum and hands. While the pen­du­lum moves with a med­i­ta­tive rhythm, the es­cape­ment uses spring-like an­chor pal­lets to min­imise noise, so you can gaze at the pass­ing of the sec­onds, min­utes, hours and days of the week in peace. The only po­ten­tial draw­back of this horo­log­i­cal work of art? Its hyp­notic ef­fect might make you lose track of time.

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