Airport Attractions: The Man in The Clock [Amsterdam]

2018-09-03T11:41:57+00:00Art, Travel|

The next time you travel through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, make time to visit the man in the clock!

In July 2016, a customs agent working the night shift encountered a witch travelling to a country he’d never heard of. The agent had no choice but to detain her. Agitated, the witch explained time was of the essence but the customs agent didn’t seem to care. He sneered, “too bad, I have all the time in the world.” Suddenly, the lights flashed and everything went dark. When he woke up, he was inside a clock, cursed to paint the hands of time for eternity. KIDDING!

The Schiphol Clock in Schiphol Airport

The Schiphol Clock in Schiphol Airport

Dutch designer, Maarten Baas was commissioned to create an installation for the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The designer hired a man to paint the hands of a clock over and over again, in real time, and recorded all 12 hours of footage. Afterwards, a clock box was installed inside the airport and a projector was mounted to project onto the back of a transparent “clock face.” The video loops every 12 hours and gives the illusion of a faceless man, painstakingly painting the hands of time, all day, every day.

The next time you travel through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, locate the Schiphol Clock in Lounge 2 and spend some time marveling at Maarten Baas’s finished product.