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Stunning Daniel Weil Clocks to debut in selling exhibition at Sotheby's London
Daniel Weil, Clock for an Architect, A Matter of Time, 510 x 292 x 150 mm. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby's London presents “Making Time”, a selling exhibition of stunning clocks by designer Daniel Weil of Pentagram, from January 9th-13th 2012. The exhibition comprises two sharply contrasting collections Weil created 17 years apart – his Time for All series from 1994, and his revolutionary new A Matter of Time series, which will be shown for the first time. The Time for All clocks, based on wooden tree-trunks, will be made in editions of up to 10 and those from A Matter of Time, constructed from nickel-plated brass and steel, are one-off designs. Both will be offered for sale for the first time.

Janice Blackburn, curator of “Making Time” said: “I regard Daniel Weil as one of the most innovative and distinctive designers working in Britain today. The two collections showcased in “Making Time” offer a unique insight into the development of Weil’s career and his preoccupations with technology and the conceptual notions Clock for an Acrobat, A Matter of Time, 1050 x 610 x 315 of time. I am delighted, in conjunction with Sotheby’s, to offer collectors the first opportunity to purchase these wonderful pieces.”

Comprising eight clocks, Time For All of 1994 was born from the insight that time is both artificial and natural. Weil has sought to express the „natural‟ through the shaping and encasing of his clocks in wood, creating a series of timepieces that look more like trees than furniture. They are all encased in silk-screened plywood – dark on one side and white on the other, mirroring the natural bark of a tree.

A Matter of Time consists of four new clocks, Clock for an Acrobat (pictured, page one), Clock for an Architect, Clock for an Astronomer and Clock for a Card Player. Weil has deconstructed time in each model, and then reassembled it in a different manner. Weil has placed the quartz movement at the centre of each piece, reinterpreting the idea of a dial and its cardinal numbers, placing it in three-dimensional space rather than flat against a wall. The clocks in this series are constructed in nickel-plated brass and steel in a variety of woods including ash, walnut and oak. Clock for an Acrobat has its foundation in movement and balance. Clock for an Architect (pictured, on next page) demonstrates time reconstructed as a machine which has been assembled with an architect‟s logic, complete with spirit level and measure.

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