Ghost Clock

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Exhibition Label
At first glance Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden under a white sheet. However, a closer look reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With its 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.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
On View
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 203
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
1985
Object number
1989.68
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
Artist
Wendell Castle, born Emporia, KS 1932-died Scottsville, NY 2018
Topic
Fantasy\ghost
Object\furniture\clock
Object\other\linens
Medium
bleached Honduras mahogany
Dimensions
86 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 15 in. (219.0 x 62.2 x 38.1 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© 1985, Wendell Castle
Type
Decorative Arts-Furniture
Crafts