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

Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

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

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller