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Clock Prototype, A Million Times, 288 H

This is a Clock prototype. It was designed by Humans since 1982 (Swedish, founded 2010), Per Emanuelsson (Swedish, b. 1982) and Bastian Bischoff (German, b. 1982).

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Victor Hunt Gallery as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2013. Its medium is aluminum, electric components, powder-coated clock hands, screen-printed dials.

After exploring the use of time as a typographic font in earlier projects, Emanuelsson and Bischoff of the group Humans since 1982 collaborated with electrical engineer David Cox to create A million times. Using 288 analog clocks, A million times questions the typography used to determine time by depicting a digital readout using analog clocks, which then disappears into an undulating wave or rotating clock hands.

It is credited Courtesy of Victory Hunt Designart Dealer.

  • Two-Time Watch
  • steel (stainless), metal with matte black finish, glass, leather.
  • Gift of Tibor Kalman/ M & Co..
  • 1993-151-5

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Clock (USA)
  • mirror, aluminum, electric components.
  • Gift of Hank Horwitt.
  • 1991-140-4

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 180 × 344 × 5 cm (5 ft. 10 7/8 in. × 11 ft. 3 7/16 in. × 1 15/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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