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October 7, 2018

Schiphol Clock

From Atlas Obscura:


Time is important at an airport, with thousands of people running back and forth trying to get their plane on time. This is why most airports are full of clocks everywhere, helping to guide harried travelers. Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands is no exception, but it offers a twist: a giant clock that appears as if a man is busy painting it real time, minute by minute. 

The painter is actually a 12-hour-long recording that gives a convincing illusion that a human is standing inside the translucent clock, busy at work as the hands go around.

This creative timepiece is the work of Maarten Baas, a well-known Dutch artist and designer.

The Schiphol Airport clock was created by Baas in 2016.

The man inside the clock is wearing blue overalls and has a yellow rag in his pocket.

This, together with his red bucket, is meant to be an homage to the famed Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

The clock can be seen in the airport's International terminal.


October 7, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


That is so clever and a great way to pass time.... I would be watching that for a very, very long time

Posted by: Susan Ishida | Oct 8, 2018 4:20:15 PM

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