The Restless Course Clock

Location background

The Harbour Foundation, a London -based charitable organisation, commissioned lighting designers, Pritchard Themis to realise a public artwork for their recently refurbished property.  The stunning clock at just over two meters in diameter occupying a prominent location at the junction of Clifton Street and Scrutton Street in London’s fashionable Shoreditch.

Octant by Phi’s solution

The clock fascia is constructed from 4mm thick stainless steel that has had a peened finish.  Sitting proudly of the fascia is 60 number raised “hands” or cleats constructed from 8mm thick stainless steel that has been brushed in a random fashion. The hands are backlit from behind by sixty number linear RGB units that are individually controlled.

During the day, illuminating the relevant hour and minute “hands” in white light, with a continuous second-hand sweep also in white, provides the time.  At dusk, the programme changes to a more colourful output with both a coloured backlit halo and white minute and hour hands across a coloured fascia.

The result is not only a beautiful piece of “public light art”, but provides the people of London with an accurate time of day, 24 hours a day and 7 days per week.


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