“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 06/12/2005.
As we reflect on the previous fifty-two weeks in preparation for the upcoming New Year, many of us find ourselves pondering on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything: The Ultimate Question.
Unsure of the answer? Then you should familiarize yourself with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out the Cathedral and the Bazaar, as well as the Zombie Survival Guide!
“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived.”Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: Generations, 1994.
I personally find time to be one of the most abstract concepts in existence. In fact, I take more of a philosophical- as opposed to scientific- approach regarding this measuring system. Think about it: is the measurement of the interval between two events more valuable that the events themselves? The fact of the matter is, time is too precious to the squandered off: we ought to cherish every moment!
Nevertheless, I have often been intrigued by the tracking of elapsed time, from the hourglass to the atomic clock, not to mention the clepsydra, sundial, and quartz clock. I have to admit that the core of my curiosity resides the design rather than the usefulness of these temporal measurement devices, particularly wall clocks.
Besides informing us of the *current* time, wall clocks are amazing decoration accessories. If we step away from the iconic classical design and appreciate contemporary wall clocks, we can easily notice how much they reflect the creativity of their makers. In addition, they are great sources of inspiration for artists, collectors, and consumers. After all, selecting a wall clock that suits you is a matter of taste and choice. As such, I hope to open your mind with the following selection of unusual wall clock designs, from very artistic to downright weird:
My top five are:
Finally, here are some links on decorative wall clocks that you might find also find interesting: