IDEA 04 Harbour Timepiece

Day destroys the night, night divides the day - The transition of time is measured by the movement of the timepiece and we use this movement to project moments in the future, catagorise the now or measure the past. Before the oscillating swing of a pendulum primitive forms of measuring time included the sundial, hourglass and the clepsydra or water clock. These measurements of time can be easily incorporated into architecture and inform a certain degree of understanding concerning the passage of time bestowed upon a building within its environment.
There is a certain mechanical nostalgia  that draws me to the idea of designing a Harbour Timepiece, be it a primitive sundial or hourglass, or a more sophisticated clock with all the mechanical workings of cogs and springs, the concept is an intriguing one. Even the idea of the reclusive timekeeper or incorporating harvests, seasons and tides - perhaps it merely borrows these ideas and is a flower farm, urban community garden, monastery, prison, etc...
It could also be a countdown mechanism to perhaps the exhausted resources of our hunter valley coal industry that currently stimulates much of the harbour activity.
Of course there have been similar projects in the past, Neil Denari's Solar clock is a good precedent.

Neil Denari's Solar Clock, 1987
Neil Denari's Solar Clock, 1987

Luis Kahn's Salk Institute

 

Clepsydra or water clock
Steven Spielberg's back to the future


Clockwork Love by TJEP

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