the art of time

Time is both an interesting and frustrating concept for me. It's interesting how time can be simultaneously abstract and concrete. The amount there is and how fast or slow it moves varies from moment to moment--that's the frustrating part. If 12:00 will bring something that I really want, minutes feel like hours and time drags. But if 12:00 will bring something that I fear or that I really don't want, time absolutely flies and hours feel like seconds. This is a gallery of clocks; some are depictions & some are actual working timepieces. Production periods range from the mid 1600's through to present-day.

I believe this would be considered fine art, since it doesn't seem to serve a practical function. Lately time has seemed to move very very slowly for me, so this room looks like one of my stress dreams. If they all actually worked and made noise, that would be like my nightmare. All that ticking...no. I noticed that the majority of these are set to 10:29, but there are a few showing different times. I can see 4:20, 10:37, 9:29, 9:05 & 10:53. At first I wondered if this was maybe an interactive exhibit where people are allowed to touch the arms of the clock faces and change the times, but when I noticed that one of the varied clocks is on the ceiling I decided it was intentionally done by the artist. I'm not sure what the different times are supposed to mean, though. Possibly something personal to the artist...?
This appears to be an actual working clock, so I think this would be considered craft. The provided description said that the clock's face is actually a replacement for the original, which was smaller. This piece would fit right in on my bookshelf, I really like the coppery/brassy color with the dark wood. I also like the obvious "life is short, time's ticking" message it has going on.
I'm actually not sure if this would be considered "true" fine art--I don't know if street art counts? I liked this immediately because it's colorful. In the description the artist explains how the inspiration for this piece was their wish for more time with loved ones, and that "life is short". This is a sentiment near and dear to my heart, and I liked the piece even more after learning the meaning behind it.
I think this one is fine art. I appreciated all the detail in this piece; I spent a lot of time zoomed in on it. I especially liked how the partially melted candle and spent hourglass are both next to all those skulls ("time's up"?). The description gives the translation for that Latin phrase to the left of the hourglass - NIL OMNE "all is nothing". It's dark, it's metaphorical; this rings my bell.
I think this is another example of craft. The colors and all those little dials drew me in. There was no description provided for this one, but the title is "world time clock" which I suppose explains all the dials. I zoomed in as close as I could get, but still couldn't read which place each of those dials were supposed to represent. This is a really interesting concept and I wish there were more of a description for it...
I believe this piece would also be considered craft. I liked it immediately because it looks cool--I really liked the blue next to the gold/silver and the dark wood. It has five dials on it; according to the provided description, the middle one is for timekeeping and the smaller ones to the left and right of it are calendar and high tide dials. The big blue dial up at the top is something called a "heliocentric orrery" which is supposed to chart the position of the planets relative to the sun. The biggest dial at the bottom is called a "celestial planisphere" and it shows the stars visible at night as well as the positions of the sun and moon throughout the year. Also, it plays music! Overall it's a very pretty and functional piece. And now I want one...
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