Clock, Saw, and Tumblr: The Ghost Clock. I saw this in a museum in D.C.
and it blew
born Emporia, KS 1932; resides Scottsville, NY
bleached Honduras mahogany and stain
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution
Collections Acquisition Program, 1989.68
At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white
sheet tied with a rope. A closer look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this
entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With
meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then
completed the illusion by bleaching the "drapery" white and staining the base of the
"clock" a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist
created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting
stillness and silence suggest eternity-the absence of time.
THE SHEET IS MADE OUT OF WOOD TOO
Wendell Castle, Ghost Clock. 1985
THAT IS MAHOGANY
I thought this was a joke until I read the description
WHAT HTE FCUK
It’s one of my favorite pieces at the Renwick. It’s a solid block of mahogany and you can see the impression of knobs under the cloth.