John C Taylor

The Chronophage


Midsummer Chronophage


People say the most important invention for mankind was the wheel. I think that’s untrue – I think the invention which changed mankind most of all is the clock. The wheel is the servant of mankind, but clocks control us.

I was immensely proud to be invited to display the second Chronophage, the Midsummer, at the Inaugural Masterpiece Fair, Science Museum in London, Salon QP, Saatchi Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland.

After a successful collaboration on the Corpus Chronophage, the Midsummer Chronophage was created by renowned sculptor, Matthew Lane Sanderson.  Unlike the Corpus, which resembles a grasshopper, the Midsummer has been based on a huge mythical fly-like creature with intricate wings and a sting in its tail.

Midsummer Chronophage at Masterpiece Show 2010

Midsummer Chronophage at Masterpiece Show 2010

I am not a person who stands still and I am always looking for ways to improve and innovate.  The Midsummer is no exception to this rule.  So the Midsummer is currently having a makeover to take advantage of advances in technology and finishing techniques.  The revitalised Midsummer will be unveiled later this year.

Interesting Facts

Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.

Latest News

New Royal Academy of Engineering Centre Named after Dr John C Taylor OBE

The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened the new Taylor Centre, a space for the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, which supports entrepreneurs, and which is named after one of Britain’s most successful engineers, Dr John C Taylor OBE. Dr Taylor, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) made his name creating small electrical components that are vital to many pieces of technology we couldn’t live without. Early electric kettles would not turn off when the water was boiling, meaning that they needed constant supervision and were in danger of melting and starting fires if they were not… 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