Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Chronophage -- Time Eater Clock
I realize that this has been circulating the web for a very long time, but I wanted to include it here, for anyone who had not seen it yet. It is too incredible to miss!
Doctor John Taylor invented and designed the clock. "The Corpus Clock is a large sculptural timepiece that has been invented to pay honor to John Harrison, pioneer of Longitude and inventor of the esoteric clock mechanism known as a grasshopper escapement. The Corpus clock has a diameter of 4 feet and 11 inches and is valued at about £1 million."
Here is a five-minute video of the artist describing how the clock functions, and why... in the DARK! Oooo. (Trust me, it is much spookier in the dark.) Warning: this contains spoilers on how it is constructed, so if you want to keep it a mystery, then don't watch the video. =)
I read somewhere that the inventor did not want to sell it for any price, and would not make another one. I don't blame him a bit! And besides, such amazing one-of-a-kind pieces should stay that way to preserve the mystery, don'tcha think?