CUSTOM CLOCKS
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GIANT STEAM CLOCK4

TIM HUNKIN & ANDY PLANT 1984


The Steam clock is situated at Chelsea Farmers market, London.
A boiler at the bottom powers a steam engine that winds the clock and blows the whistle on the hour. The two figures on the sides at the top swing out and stuff their fingers in their ears just before the whistle blows. The whistle came from a railway enthusiast’s shop, reputedly from a 19th century american locomotive.


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The whistle used to gush very hot water so we fitted a saucepan round the base to catch the worst of it.

The clock was always difficult to maintain and since Neal's Yard left the shop, it has not run, though its still standing. Chelsea farmer's market is at the bottom of Sydney St, Chelsea London.

 

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One of the assistants who puts his fingers in his ears when the whistle blows.

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Poster with details of clock produced for Neal's Yard.
Full poster, about 180k