CLOCKS #2 SCULPTURE
-Eric Velleca, 2009
-16.5” high, 44” wide. 8” deep
-mild steel, aluminum, silicon bronze, stainless steel, found objects, 1930’s clockworks
-photos by Ken Nelson
Techniques: machining, fitting, forging, forge welding, sandblasting, patina finish, polishing
Clocks # 2 was inspired by my love of steam era technology. A time when machinery had exposed engineering that looked beautiful, was easy to work on, and invoked excitement. Today we like to hide technology in boxes and under plastic covers. Gone are the days the average person can pop the hood of a car and see something amazing happening rather than a plastic cover with a logo on it. As a blacksmith, I particularly enjoy steam era machinery as many of the parts were made by forging or machined from forgings.
I have fallen in love with the old clock movements. Despite looking complicated, they are deceivingly simple. I designed this clock to resemble a classic mantle clock, exhibit a sense of pride, and provide a clear porthole to see the inner workings. Seeing the clock running gives the impression of life. It is not simply off to the side for you to glance at the time. It is always there, moving reliably, interacting with you, announcing the hours and half hours, and awaiting its weekly winding.