John C Taylor

The Chronophage


Commissions


I want to entertain the observer as well as allow them to tell the time.

The importance of the invention of the clock to recent human history cannot be understated.

Without the ability to measure time, we would not have been able to organise ourselves sufficiently to undergo industrial and technological revolution.

We would not have been able to navigate effectively so would have been constrained to our respective corners of the globe. Most modern technologies would not work without accurate timekeeping.

My Chronophage slows down, speeds up and sometimes even stops, but is accurate to one hundredth of a second on every fifth minute.

By its nature, the Chronophage clock is inventive and I love the challenge of designing something new, so I’m open to accepting commissions.

Each Chronophage, which is Ancient Greek for ‘time-eater’, is relentlessly hungry, gobbling up minute after minute so that you can never have it back.

I want each Chronophage to continue to eat time for hundreds of years, so I have used materials that I know will last. Enamel, for instance, has been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs and it is my hope that these clocks will be as mysterious and mythical to our descendants as the hieroglyphs are to us.

Each creature has the ability to hold you spellbound with its various tricks.

By commissioning a Chronophage, a passionate art collector would involve themselves in a unique artistic project, tying their legacy to these iconic timepieces. It’s worth noting that the commissioners of great works are often remembered alongside the artists themselves.

Please feel free to contact my team who will be delighted to assist.

Discover how to commission your own Chronophage clock at:

www.johnctaylor.com
info@johnctaylor.com
Telephone: +44 1624 828 880

Technical Specification

Clock

Height 2.8 metres
Width 1.5
Depth 0.6 metres
Weight 450 kilograms
Optimal Mounting Height 3.5 metres
Voltage 220 volts
Power 400 watts

Control Cabinet

Height 1.3 metres
Width 0.6 metres
Weight 120 kilograms
Voltage 220 volts
Power 600 watts
Depth 0.4 metres

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

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One of World’s Greatest Living Inventors Celebrated with Six Postage Stamps

One of the world’s greatest living inventors is to be celebrated with a set of six postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office (https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/invention-and-innovation-dr-john-c-taylor-obe/), focusing on different areas of his life’s work. Dr John C Taylor OBE (http://www.johnctaylor.com/), 80, who was born in Buxton, Derbyshire and has lived in the Isle of Man for the greater part of his life, spent his career creating safety-critical electrical components and switches that are vital to many pieces of technology we use today, most notably the kettle controls that switch our kettles off when they have boiled, and the 360°… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt