World’s Coolest Weirdest Clocks [updated II]
December 31, 2012
Update I at “Departed Vervet V” below
Update II at “Artificial Biological clock” below
Happy New Year everybody! Seemed like a good day for a post full of cool clocks! And things that aren’t actually clocks! But sort of!
THE WORD CLOCK
DAVID DEAR’S HOURGLASS CLOCK
THE PRINCESS STREET FLOWER CLOCK (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Edinburgh’s first floral clock was created on this site in 1903. It was the brainchild of the Edinburgh Parks Superintendent, John McHattie. He had been inspired by a carpet bedding display in Princes Street Gardens created the previous year to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII on August 9, 1902.
The Edinburgh firm, Ritchie & Son, clock manufacturers and repairers since 1809, installed the mechanism for Edinburgh’s first floral clock, and is still responsible for maintaining the clock and many other public clocks in Edinburgh.
TIM HUNKIN’S NEAL’S YARD WATER CLOCK (Covent Gardens, London, England)
COHEN VAN BALEN’S “ARTIFICIAL BIOLOGICAL CLOCK”
Link only, no pic: Artificial Biological Clock.
Update II (January 16): We got permission to post the pic! Thank you Cohen Van Balen!
RGB PROPELLER CLOCK
P.S. We don’t know. We just. Don’t. Know.
LISA BLACK’S “DEPARTED VERVET V” (made from “vervet skull, antique clock/watch parts, mixed metal components”)
Lisa Black is a Sculptor, Jeweller and Artist based in Auckland, New Zealand, born in Australia in 1982.
Her love of animals and their form, combined with a preoccupation with an imminent future where technology and biology are intimately combined, led her to create her ongoing series of modified animals. Her works have been featured in Wired.com, BoingBoing.net, Notcot.org, Treehugger.com, Pilot Magazine, Marie Claire as well as a myriad of other prominent blogs and publications.
UPDATE I (January 5): Ms. Black just returned our email – busy on the holidays! – and gave us permission to post the pic! Here it is:
CEVAHIR SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (Istanbul, Turkey)
The building’s 2,500 m2 (26,910 sq ft) glass roof carries the second biggest clock in the world, with three-metre (10 ft) high digits.
THE QUANTUM LOGIC CLOCK
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic clock based on a single aluminum atom that is now the world’s most precise clock, more than twice as precise as the previous pacesetter based on a mercury atom.
The new aluminum clock would neither gain nor lose one second in about 3.7 billion years, according to measurements to be reported in Physical Review Letters.
Hey look – this clock really likes change!
And it’s always a quarter after! (Sorry.)
OSAKA STATION WATER CLOCK
The images you see – they’re actually made of water droplets. Check this out:
Inventor of “graphical waterfall” here.
And finally, it’s time to go…
Happy New Year!