Many of us rely on digital clocks on computers or cell phones to determine the time of day but, with this gorgeous creation, German designer Meike Harde transforms that process into a more beautiful and meaningful experience. Time Is Dancing is a simple, round clock with a single ballerina on the front. The upper body and two legs are separate pieces that move and bend depending on the hour. As time ticks by, the minimalist design displays minutes and hours through the elegant movements of the dancer.
The ballerina is made out of acrylic glass while a wooden base hides the inner workings of the machine. The white background allows for the slightly transparent body to be easily visible while still maintaining a touch of delicacy. As the ballerina bends and twists depending on the hour, viewers will begin to appreciate the complexity of movements from such a seemingly simple concept.
When speaking about the design, Harde says, “Its metaphorical design tries to introduce poetry into an everyday item and to throw a contemplative glance at the transientness of time by means of the seemingly eternally young ballerina.”