In the Nick of Time
Free standing steel structure in form of arch with clock in centre. On the hour, the clock splits open accompanied by flashing lights allowing skeletons, angels and devils to appear. John Newman describes it as 'a parody in polished steel of the Euston Arch.'
The Newport Clock was commissioned by Newport Borough Council as their exhibit at Garden Festival Wales in Ebbw Vale, before moving to its permanent home in John Frost Square in November 1992. A Sculpture Selection Committee was formed with grant aid given to the scheme by the Welsh Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.
The designers 'drew inspiration from the exuberant architecture of Newport's Victorian centre, as well as being influenced by the 15th century astronomical clock in Prague.' They wanted their design 'to remind people not only of time passing, but of their own mortality. On the hour the devil, skeletons and angels all put in an appearance, as the whole structure itself seems in danger of splitting apart. Can the cuckoo wake the boiler suited angels and save the clock for another hour?' Andy Plant describes his work as "a cross between a cuckoo clock and an expresso machine - the only white knuckle clock in the world".
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