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100 Objects Mirrors of Silent Time

  • Object:

    Clock

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (designed)
    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Weil, Daniel, born 1953 (designer)
    Parenthesis Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    PVC, plastic and metal components

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    W.662-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The electrical components of the clock are contained within a see-through PVC bag which hangs from a metal wall fixing. Wires coated in multi-coloured plastic protrude from the front of the bag. The bag is printed with multi-coloured shapes and patterns. The circuit board is also printed with a drawing and various shapes and patters, again multi-coloured.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1983 (designed)
1985 (made)

Artist/maker

Weil, Daniel, born 1953 (designer)
Parenthesis Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

PVC, plastic and metal components

Object history note

The title - '100 Objects Mirrors of Silent Time' refers to a) the fact that this is one of an edition of 100 clocks and b) that it is electric and therefore doesn't tick like a mechanical clock.

It was designed for an Italian lawyer called Guiseppe Melzi who sent them to clients as a Christmas gift.

Historical context note

Daniel Weil has been influential in changing and creating new forms for ordinary mass-produced products. In the 1980s one of his interest was how objects could be imbued with imagery and symbolism, through colour, shape and texture.

Descriptive line

'100 Objects Mirrors of Silent Time' clock, PVC, plastic and electrical components, designed by Daniel Weil, 1983

Labels and date

Twentieth Century Gallery Label, Room 71:
Clock: '100 Objects Mirrors of Silent Time'
Designed by David Weil (British, born Argentina, 1953), 1983
Made by Parenthesis Ltd., London, 1985
PVC, electrical components
W.662-2001
This clock derives the maximum from each component in terms of technical efficiency and visual expression. For example the printed circuit board not only provides the circuit but is also a drawing and the electrical wires, which enter the clock at the front, were specially made to add visual elaboration. The title refers to the silence of the electronic clock by contrast with the mechanical. [1992]

Materials

PVC; Plastic; Metal

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Plastic; Product design

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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