If you thought it was Just a Sheet Covering a Clock, you are wrong. This is the piece itself, the ghost clock by Wendell Castle.
Many art lovers were wondering why is a covered clock in an art museum, but you will only understand it after reading the plaque that goes along with the grandfather clock to explain how special it is. On the plaque you can read:
“At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white sheet tied with a rope. A close look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then completed the illusion by bleaching the “drapery” white and staining the base of the “clock” a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity—the absence of time.”
Beneath Wendell Castle’s clever shroud, there is neither a classic grandfather clock nor a statement about time. Castle’s magnificent Ghost Clock is a haunting sculpture so still and timeless it suggests eternity. Constructed from laminated and bleached Honduras mahogany, Ghost Clock is a powerful example of trompe l’oeil, a French term that means “to fool the eye.” Here, the “drapery” is not soft, supple cloth but beautifully carved wood that suggests muslin in color and texture. What we think we see is, in fact, not what is.
Sorry to tell you that you have been fooled at the first sight!
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