Written by By Janna Freed, CNN
It’s not unusual to see unusual things (i.e. wavy selfies, paw prints, or owls) filmed or photographed near to the UK’s famous Big Ben. What is unusual is that the infamous monument is seen doing something that appears to display exaggerated features — holding a small child in an outstretched hand and leaning on a large, visible extra-wide signpost.
This is British sculptor Louise Bourgeois’ Great Clock in Alexandra Palace, which was created in the mid-1990s, and the work, which features hundreds of antique clocks that are progressively tilted towards each other, is the world’s largest clock tower that was never built.
More than 2,000 clocks were made for the project, according to a handout image by London City Council. (CNN)
According to a handout image by London City Council, more than 2,000 clocks were made for the project, which was created by British artist Bourgeois. (CNN)
This object, which was installed in 1993 and is 3.75 meters (13 feet) high by a 15 meter (53 foot) long clock face, was made by hand and utilizes nothing but natural materials, according to the handout image.
It wasn’t just the funny looking but fully functional objects (i.e. clocks) which were being rotated. The section at the extreme end of the tower tilts up, while the horizon line is tilted backwards. (CNN)
The sculpture by Bourgeois, who died in 2014, was designed to promote the restoration of Alexandra Palace in the London Borough of Southwark. The tower is intended to, as the name implies, ‘make the time.’ It can be found in London’s Kensington and Chelsea, and is frequently visited by pedestrians, tourists and members of the public. (CNN)
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