Making Time

If the Mayans are right and the world really will be ending on 21 December this year – yes, only 351 days away – we may as well be counting our remaining 8424 hours or so down in style.

Opening at Sotheby’s in London next week is a selling exhibition of clocks created by Pentagram London partner Daniel Weil, called, cleverly, Making Time.

 Clock for an Acrobat, A Matter of Time, 2011

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Clock for an Acrobat, A Matter of Time, 2011

The show will include two clock collections from Weil – his 1994 Time for All series, and his new series, A Matter of Time.

The rather surreal 1994 series is based on the notion of time as being at once natural and artificial, represented through the use of wood. The tree-like pieces are all encased in silk-screened plywood, which is naturally dark on one side and white on the other, mirroring the appearance of tree bark.

Double Vision, Time for All, 1994

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Double Vision, Time for All, 1994

The recent A Matter of Time series is rather more futuristic. The range of four clocks includes Clock for an Acrobat and Clock for an Architect, both of which use clinical-looking steel and the jarring juxtaposition of a circular clock face and a straight support.

Clock for an Architect, A Matter of Time, 2011

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Clock for an Architect, A Matter of Time, 2011

All the pieces in the series have their quartz movement placed at the centre. According to Sotheby’s, this is ‘reinterpreting the idea of a dial and its cardinal numbers, placing it in three-dimensional space rather than flat against a wall.’

Each imaginary clock recipient is somehow represented in the timepieces’ form: Clock for an Acrobat is based on the idea of movement and balance, for instance; while Clock for An Architect features its own spirit level and measure.

What would Clock for a Designer, sport, we wonder? Or Clock for a Journalist…

Making Time runs from 9 – 13 January at Sotheby’s London, 35 New Bond Street, London W1A

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