Notes from the Director of The Metro Show

Marvelous Machines

Caroline Kerrigan Lerch - Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I’ve been thinking lately about throwing my watch away. (or, greener: “upcycling” it into something more interesting!) In an era when you have to have your cell phone with you ALL the time, why bother duplicating a timepiece?  I am convinced a better direction is to invest in a more stately and beautiful time-keeper with real presence such as the grandfather or tall case clocks offered by Gary R. Sullivan (booth 200). These clocks were produced “without benefit of power machinery or even proper lighting”. And – speaking of green – they just need to be wound once a week and gravity makes sure you’re punctual (or at least aware of how late you are). They are, indeed, “marvelous machines.” 

Don't miss Gary's Booth Talk titled "Marvelous Machines: Examining 18th and Early 19th Century Clocks" on Sunday, January 22 (Booth #200) at the fair. He will even disassemble a tall case clock and show attendees the inner workings!

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