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A Very Unique Clock Found In The Amsterdam Airport

Dutch designer Maarten Baas’s giant Real Time Schiphol timepiece replaces traditional clock hands with a 12-hour-long video performance (+ movie).The three-metre-high clock has been installed in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and features a film showing Baas drawing and redrawing the clock’s hands with a roller and paint.

Intended to portray a “hyper-realistic representation of time”, the video took exactly 12 hours to film and will take as long to watch in its entirety.Baas wore blue overalls for the film, in a reference to the uniforms of the many staff responsible for cleaning the airport.

The timepiece is housed in a stainless steel box, attached to a ladder “to enable this imaginary man in his blue overalls to enter the clock”.”He has a red bucket and a yellow cleaning cloth and he is cleaning up after the hands of time, after which he creates a new minute, every time again,” added the designer.


The clock is an addition to Baas’ Real Time series, which dates back to 2009. It so far includes a similarly oversized clock face with hands made from rubbish being moved by sweepers, and a grandfather clock with a video loop in place of a face.

“Real Time is a term that is used in the film industry,” said the designer, who recently unveiled plans for a tree-grown armchair and a giant logo that would change colour according to the seasons.

“It means that the duration of a scene portrays exactly the same time it took to film it. I play with that concept in my Real Time clocks by showing videos where the hands of time are literally moved in real time.”