The four iconic pieces at the “Then Now Beyond” Hour Glass exhibition
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Hour Glass presents four commissioned artworks that pay homage to the art of horology. These art pieces reinterpret traditional time-measuring instruments and explore the very idea of time itself. We take a closer look at each of the featured pieces.
Newson’s Klepsydra reinterprets the hourglass, using 2.8 million metallic dusted nanoballs housed within handcrafted crystal. The mechanism allows the nanoballs to trickle between the interconnected structures, providing precise recordings of time.
Arsham also explores the concept of the hourglass, casting his piece in bronze to form a sculptural piece that houses a clock within the body of the hourglass.
Japanese studionendo created a sculptural cuboid that becomes whole twice a day. Sliced from the structure itself, the two hands of the clock overlap and become part of the cuboid at exactly twelve o’clock. This symbolises the resetting of the mind and emphasises the importance of being wholly present in the moment.
Studio Wieki Somers
At first glance, this is more a statement art piece – until you realise that the beetles are actually the hands of the tree-trunk clock. The Beetle Clock, featuring two beetles moving around the age rings of a tree stump, explores the increasing destruction of insect habitats and serves as a powerful reminder of the need for environmental protection.
The Then Now Beyond exhibition will be on view from 24 November 2019 to 31 January 2020 at the Malmaison by The Hour Glass, 270 Orchard Road.
Images by The Hour Glass. More information can be found here.