Electronic Sculpture Archive
Bruce Cannon

This site is an archive of my older interactive,  electronic and computer-controlled sculpture.  You can always find out about my latest projects via my gateway, brucecannon.com.

   

Evening (1996); click for an enlargementEvening (1996)

Computer, text display, iron cage, heavy lock and chain;
12x8x8"; 4 lbs.

Status: available

This sculpture tells time in the medieval canonical time system of eight three hour periods per day, which originally marked the monk's cycle of devotions.  Beginning at midnight, the periods which were called hours, are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.

A huge bronze lock secures the door to the cage.  A glowing LED screen locked inside names the current hour.  The circuitry is surrounded by sand and small bones.

This piece makes reference to the fact that the secret of mechanical timekeeping, one of the most powerful inventions in Western culture, existed for over two centuries within the walls of the monasteries before filtering out into the world.

 

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