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Real Time, Schiphol Clock

By 03-07-2016

It’s the latest addition to Maarten Baas’ Real Times series: a gigantic clock in the Lounge 2 at Schiphol Airport. Every year 15 million people from all around the world travel through Lounge 2.

His Real Time clocks show a video performance which takes exactly twelve hours to film and twelve hours to watch it in its entirety, thus creating a hyper-realistic representation of time. Baas launched the first Real Time clock in 2009.

Maarten Baas: “For this work I decided on the most archetypical form of a clock, but it has a ladder going up to it and a little door that you wouldn’t even notice at first glance.” The ladder and the door are there to enable a man in blue overalls to enter the clock.

“He has a red bucket and a yellow cleaning cloth and he is cleaning up after the hands of time, after which he creates a new minute, every time again.” The red, yellow and blue are an homage to two of the most definable Dutch artists of the previous century, Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld.

Video Schiphol Clock: Rob Hodselmans