Daniel Weil’s ‘Clock for an Acrobat’ explores parallels in the way time moves in space and an acrobat moves along a wire. “Just as gravity is the medium of the acrobat, so it is the medium of ‘Clock for an Acrobat,’” says Daniel Weil. Second in a series to his ‘Clock for an Architect’, Weil’s latest design revisits themes that have interested him for over 25 years. The clock is constructed of a 22 1/2 inch walnut wheel faced with a nickel-plated steel ring.
The new ‘Clock for an Acrobat’ is a time instrument that literally plays with time. The materials are walnut and nickel-plated brass and silver. For the movement, Weil sought parallels between the way time moves in circles and in space, and the way an acrobat moves along a wire: both precarious, both precise, both balanced. As the wheel turns on its track, gravity steers the glass bearing to six o’clock. This prompts the user to reset the dial, acting as an active re-arranger of time. The battery is held in midair by positive and negative power lines that feed the clock’s movement. Appropriately, it is the only part of this gravity-defined clock that defies gravity.