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Time Table
  • Wendell Castle
    born: Emporia, Kansas, United States ; died: Scottsville, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Time Table, 2000
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gilded jelutong, copper, ebony & mahogany veneer, gold-plated brass, clock works
  • Collection of the artist
  • Not on display
  • EL2008.065
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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Exhibition Label:
"Wendell Castle: About Time," Sep-2008, Lara Kuykendall and Susan Earle
Castle’s clocks challenge the traditional notion of “clock” and what form a clock must take. Time Table is seen here for the first time in this configuration-and is on view for the first time in more than ten years.

“I made it a number of years ago,” Castle says. “The first time it was exhibited, I remember that somebody in the gallery didn’t know it was a clock. It’s not very obvious. The numbers are hanging on a string and there’s a little arrow that points up toward the numbers. Anyway, somebody said, ‘What is this thing?’ and picked it off of there. It made me think ‘I need some better engineering here.’ And then it sort of got shelved. But as I thought about it more and more, I thought the piece was a little too dark, and I don’t think of time as being dark. So I lightened it up a bit. I decided to have the little arrow that runs from left to right (telling you what time it is) run into a Plexiglas tunnel. It’s protected.”