NOSTELL PRIORY, West Yorkshire, is commemorating the 300th birthday of the long-case Harrison Clock—one of only three in existence built by inventor John Harrison, who was born in Nostell village in 1693— with a sound-and-sight installation of 2,000 working clocks.
Organised by artist Luke Jerram, they will be carefully arranged, with each one set to a different time so that the ticks and tocks will form a musical cacophony for visitors to enjoy. As well as examples gathered by Mr Jerram, the Nostell community is donating 500 clocks.
Harrison made wooden clocks throughout his youth, but was most well known for inventing the marine chronometer, which saved many seafaring lives.
‘Harrison’s Garden’ will make its debut at Nostell on Saturday, March 25, until July 9, before travelling on to Castle Drogo in Devon, Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire and Penrhyn Castle in Wales. Visitors will have the opportunity to donate clocks to the installation. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell for further information.
Captain Hook’s nightmare: a celebration of the Harrison clock will feature 2,000 working clocks, synchronised to form a musical cacophony