John C Taylor

The Chronophage


Dragon Chronophage


The Dragon Chronophage is the third Chronophage. From the shimmering scales of the Dragon to the polished gold of the clock face, it is a stunning object and at three metres tall, it dominates any room in which it is displayed.

I was delighted to collaborate with Professor Long of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, to ensure the authenticity of the Chinese dragon. The word ‘Long’ means Dragon in Chinese.

The Dragon's head

The Dragon’s head

Not only is the Dragon Chronophage a piece of art and a design icon, it is also a pioneering piece of technology. It is incredibly popular because it interacts with its audience.

The Dragon was recently exhibited in Shanghai at Design Shanghai, where it wowed and entertained the audience with an occasional wink of the eye or flick of the tail.

I wanted the Dragon to engage and play with the spectators, as with the others, so the Dragon winks, swishes its tail, rolls out a pearl and ripples its spine. I stopped short of making it breathe fire – only for health and safety reasons.

The Dragon's scales

The Dragon’s scales

Below is a brochure about the Dragon Chronophage.

We’ve also published the brochure in Chinese, which you will find here.

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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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.

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