Unusual Wall Clocks

Man has been preoccupied with keeping time throughout the existence of civilization itself, and many inventions have been used as a reference for measuring the passage of time. At first, the celestial bodies like the sun and moon, the stars and planets were used to tell the time, and little by little watches, clocks and even unusual wall clocks were built relying on water, mechanical devices, quartz and even atomic energy.

As civilization advanced, more efficient methods of timekeeping were needed, and man evolved from crude devices that could only split the day in halves - before and after noon, to the sophisticated and sometimes unusual wall clocks we have today. A clock must have two basic components: a constant process or action to mark off equal increments of time (such as the movement of the sun in the sky and sand glasses) and a method of keeping track of the increments and displaying the result (the position of the clock's hands or a digital time display).

But clocks haven't always been a method of keeping time. They were also used as displays of wealth or status (from huge clock towers with complicated mechanisms and intricate methods of displaying time - manikins which rang bells or gongs - to very complex and accurate small time-pieces which one can wear on the wrist). Some unusual wall clocks can even be considered a form of art today, as it is the case with the ones that are a combination between paintings and timekeeping devices.

These are clocks used mainly for their decorative function rather than their timekeeping capacity, which is somehow astray from the original purpose of the device, although much of modern life depends on precise time telling. You'll find such unusual wall clocks in the most queer of places, from children's rooms, bearing familiar shapes, to modernist offices, with designs so strange sometimes that the definite component of keeping track of the increments is difficult to discern. The abundance of such varied designs has made it almost impossible not to find a clock matching a particular room design.

Clocks today have become ubiquitous, blending in with the urban environment man has built around, keeping track of the passing time, so that life without them would be hard to imagine. Even the most unusual wall clocks fail to stand out because of their timekeeping function to which we have grown so accustomed. It won't be any time soon that man will outgrow the need for devices that mark the passage of time, always finding more ingenious ways both for counting and for displaying the immutable time valences.


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