Ghost Clock by Wendell Castle

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Forum topic by LoriF posted 05-14-2014 11:41 AM 2524 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2014 11:41 AM

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I enjoyed this article and thought you might as well. Original post found here:

Wendell Castle one of the fathers of the American Studio Furniture Movement. Born 1932; resides in Scottsville, NY. Ghost Clock 1985 bleached Honduras mahogany and stain.

At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white sheet tied with a rope. A closer look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then completed the illusion by bleaching the “drapery” white and staining the base of the “clock” a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity-the absence of time.


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#1 posted 05-14-2014 01:28 PM

I always enjoy learning more history of our craft. Thanks for sharing.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 03:22 PM

Castle is a Rochester native and much of his work is on display at the Memorial Art Gallery (University of Rochester). Good stuff! I’m trying to catch up!!!!

Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 04:19 PM

That is a wonderful piece of art. I don’t see how the sheet was done so realistically.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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