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. Coincidentally, 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, most of whom posed for a selfie!

The Dragon was exhibited in China at Design Shanghai, where it wowed and entertained the audience.

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.

I was thrilled when the Isle of Man Post Office produced a wonderful set of postage stamps highlighting my life’s work and that one stamp shows both the Corpus Chronophage and the Dragon Chronophage.

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

Horology Hour with Dr John C Taylor OBE

Thank you everyone who attended the Horology Hour on 24th June 2020. Hear all about the Corpus Chronophage, which incorporates John Harrison’s grasshopper escapement from the early 1700’s inside a huge mythical ‘time-eater’ creature that sits on top of the clockface devouring each minute as it passes. You will also discover news about the three other Chronophage clocks. Please click on the video below… 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