"TEMPVS FVGIT, France ca. 1740" with an authentic wall clock, hand-forged brass / iron / bronze, Paris / France 1st half 18th century.
They were developed by poor, French farmers, who were watchmakers in the winter time to get a 2nd income. The best things were sometimes born from misery as some Central Italian string instruments do.
It is - in accordance with surrealistic nightmares - penetrated by wooden excesses and "ossified" itself. It dissolves, cracks and becomes one with the organic form of nature.
It is fascinating that such a hand-forged clock works for almost 300 years, survived four wars. It was made long before the French Revolution. It is the same that makes me impressed of singing string instruments in concerts made in the 18th century. Of course all gears are running, it shows the exact time and sounds well.
Nowadays most things are digital, mass produced, nothing individual. How many of these modern machines, computers, smartphones, electronic nonsense will still work in 100 years, even only 50?
Historical wall clock in running condition, 63 (+ ca. 120cm, pendulum and two weights) x21x17cm³, II-III/2021, collection of artist
© Daisuke Schneider, daisuke-art.com, Germany, 2021