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Oceans Edge
913330.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:27 pm Reply with quote

we got to talking about clocks and chronometers over in the 'String the Quite Interesting' thread.

bemahan sent me to look at this clock


I'm kinda a fan of very cool clocks - but that one really doesn't impress me terribly much. 1 Million? While I appreciate the homage to Harrison, it all seems a bit too literal, and in my appreciation doesn't add anything to the artistry or science of traditional horology.

Or maybe I just think grasshoppers are ugly.

 
bemahan
913331.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:30 pm Reply with quote

That one is particularly ugly.

 
bemahan
913333.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:34 pm Reply with quote

The Museum of the History of Science has some very QI horological exhibits.

 
Spud McLaren
913337.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:47 pm Reply with quote

Do you find this one any prettier? It's the Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator designed by Frederick Rowland Emmett, another interesting person.

"During the 1980s and 1990s it played a section of music at each quarter hour composed by the Frenchman Jean-Philippe Rameau (16831764), Gigue en Rondeau II. "

Sadly, although it now only partly works, it has done so silently for quite a number of years.


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Oceans Edge
913338.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:48 pm Reply with quote

Oh very nice, I had The British Science Museum on my 'must see next time I'm in London' list, but I didn't know about the Museum of the History of Science.

I've now added that as well :)

ooooooooo "The Renaissance in Astronomy" what a delightful sounding exhibition!

 
Posital
913339.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:52 pm Reply with quote

There was a clock much like this in the London Science Museum not long ago...

 
Oceans Edge
913341.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:54 pm Reply with quote

Yes, I do find that more attractive.

I think part of the problem with the Grasshopper clock is that the pieces don't seem to belong together, it feels as though the grasshopper is just 'stuck on the top'.

That one - it works as a whole.

It's quite a shame they've allowed it to fall into disrepair (or so I presume if it only partly works)

Now this steam powered clock in Vancouver's Gastown district amuses me greatly, despite it's rather traditional look, it's steam powered chimes are wonderful :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf-ombn8MSU

 
exnihilo
913342.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:57 pm Reply with quote

I always used to admire this little fella. Rather uninspiring looking, but a very important and extremely valuable clock indeed. If one asked very nicely there was one particular bedellus who would start it up and show it to one in operation.

 
bemahan
913343.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:05 pm Reply with quote

Oceans Edge wrote:
Oh very nice, I had The British Science Museum on my 'must see next time I'm in London' list, but I didn't know about the Museum of the History of Science.

I've now added that as well :)

ooooooooo "The Renaissance in Astronomy" what a delightful sounding exhibition!


Whoops. Meant to say the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.

 
Oceans Edge
913344.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:06 pm Reply with quote

Yes, very nice indeed - horologically speaking it's genius :)

heh s'ok bem, if I manage to get my butt to London, Oxford is only a quick side trip away.

 
Spud McLaren
913345.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:11 pm Reply with quote

Oceans Edge wrote:
... Oxford is only a quick side trip away.
Quick? I once spent an entire weekend* in Blackwell's bookshop alone. I swear that the basement floors continue under the street.

* well, I had to go back to my mate's rooms in New College to sleep...

 
Oceans Edge
913348.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:19 pm Reply with quote

ok the TRIP is quick.... my browsing may very well not be :)

 
Spud McLaren
913349.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:20 pm Reply with quote

The Wiki article adds a little more interest to the Corpus clock, and why it's so ugly...

There's a 14 second video, too.

 
Oceans Edge
913354.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:45 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
The Wiki article adds a little more interest to the Corpus clock, and why it's so ugly...

There's a 14 second video, too.


I think the artistry of the grasshopper would be far more appreciable on a different sort of base .. part of the problem is that the sum of the various parts don't seem to all work together. Its not that it's ugly, it just doesn't mesh.

And as it really is meant to be a work of art not a clock

Quote:
The clock is entirely accurate only once every five minutes.


The art itself ought to work ... it doesn't really for me.

 
Oceans Edge
913356.  Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:49 pm Reply with quote

This one is lovely

Jens Olsen's world clock by netopNyrop, on Flickr

 

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